The Portrayal and Complexity of Falstaff’s Character

Though Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part One is ostensibly about the titular character and his son, the future King Henry V, both Henry’s are constantly upstaged by Sir John Falstaff. Falstaff is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved and enduring characters for a reason; his character contains pieces of multiple archetypal personalities and stock characters including the … Read more

Comparison between Greece’s Parthenon in Athens and England’s Stonehenge in Wiltshire

Comparison of Sacred Spaces The two sacred architectural wonders analyzed in this assignment are the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, and Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. This decision stems from my ever-growing fascination with both countries of origin of the two constructions that will be discussed in the following report. These renowned structures display more differences than … Read more

Review of the Ancient Stonehenge

Stonehenge is one of the worlds best known monuments of the ancient times. Stonehenge stood for over five thousand years, and still we do not know the full use of this mysterious arrangement of stones. Stonehenge remains asan ancient monument that still propose mysteries to it origin and purpose. At first, scientists had no clue … Read more

The Soul in the Jewish Marriage, as Embodied by Daniel Deronda

The first few books of Daniel Deronda focused on Gwendolen Harleth, who shines as a self-centered, domineering young woman. In becoming trapped by marriage to Grandcourt, she develops growing fascination with Daniel, an attraction that began with their encounter in the opening pages of the book. Daniel’s influence on Gwendolen causes her to evolve her … Read more

Metatheatrical Layer of Richard II

While entangled in the throes of dramatic suspense, the self-reflexive concept of metatheatrics reminds an audience of its present relationship with the actors. Shakespeare often implements metatheatrics; exemplified by the ‘play within a play’ concept that occurs in both Hamlet (Shakespeare,1603) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare, 1596). In these and other examples, Shakespeare uses … Read more

“Just and Sharp Revenge”: The Question of Underworld Justice in “The Spanish Tragedy”

“‘Send him,’ quoth [Minos], ‘to our infernal king, / To doom him as best seems his majesty” (1.1.52-3). Nestled in the lengthy opening monologue by Don Andrea, these lines introduce the overarching question that Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy seeks to answer – the question of Don Andrea’s “doom.” In the underworld, Aeacus and Rhadamanth … Read more

Elizabethan food and drinks

The subject of food and drinks is important during the Elizabethan era because what was consumed during this time period, will affect what English people eat today. From the number of dishes eaten to the ways in which food was served was dictated by status: in the 16th-century in England, you truly were what you … Read more

Charles I And The Divine Right

Poor relations between Charles I and Parliament are hugely evident from 1625 to 1629. Charles dissolved three parliament sessions in a 4 year period (between 1625 and 1629) and thereafter ruled by prerogative (without Parliament) for eleven years. Arguably, Charles’s elevated views of Divine right, religious differences and his deep attachment to Buckingham (and his … Read more

Film adsptations of Arthurian legends

Film adaptations which are centered upon the Arthurian legend go as far back in the early times of the medium itself and talk to the endless appeal of the characters in a story and the story itself. In a typical Arthurian work, a mixture of romance, adventure, and courage are combined together to create some … Read more

Guarding the Forbidden Fruit: A Young Girl Clings to Her Virginity and Innocence

The narrator of Thomas Campion’s “There Is a Garden in Her Face” warns fellow admirers of a young girl’s beauty against taking advantage of her virginity. As indicated in the title, Campion uses words associated with gardens to describe the girl’s beauty; upon closer examination, it is clear that Campion is really describing the girl’s … Read more

Flattery, Treachery, and Deceit: Three Themes Construction the Plot

In Shakespeare’s Richard III, Richard Gloucester is portrayed as a twisted, calculating, and conniving individual who will stop at nothing to obtain the crown. From betraying his brother George to wooing the widowed Lady Anne, Richard is highly unscrupulous in his pursuit for the throne. While his villainy is obvious, his careful scheming allows his … Read more

The Outstanding Performance of Prince Hal

As William Shakespeare wrote As You Like It, “All the world’s a stage,/ And all the men and women merely players./ They have their exits and their entrances;/ And one man in his time plays many parts.” Shakespeare further adds to this philosophy upon introducing young Prince Hal in his play Henry IV Part One. … Read more