Shakespeares Life

Shakespeare (William) was the most distinguished dramatic poet the world has had since the decline of Greece. He was the son of a wealthy woolen merchant at Stratford on the Avon, a market spot in the English. County Warwickshire, probably born on Apr. 23, 1564. His mother was a daughter of Robert of Wellington, and … Read more

Research on Much ado about nothing

Much Ado About Nothing is a play filled with deception, love and most importantly lies. Throughout the play, Shakespeare creates scenes where misunderstandings and lies help develop and destroy relationships and characters. The couples are influenced by the efforts of others to find their love for each other or doubt their love for each other. … Read more

Witches Role in Macbeth

In the play ‘Macbeth’ we can argue that there are three possible choices for who is most responsible for the murder of King Duncan. The first choice is the witches. In the whole of the play they symbolise darkness and make a morally corrupt atmosphere. In Elizabethan times they were regarded as evil so these … Read more

A Narrative of Macbeth

So there we were. Sitting around this long, medieval-looking, table. Macbeth, “hallucinating”. Lady Macbeth, trying to conceal her associations with this whole thing. I briefly reflect on the situation at hand. Macbeth isn’t really hallucinating. The ghost he is seeing is more real than reality itself, but of course The Lady discredits him. Considering the … Read more

The Tragedy of Misogyny in Shakespeare’s “Troilus and Cressida”

Echoing Homer’s Illiad, Shakespeare cites in the prologue to Troilus and Cressida that the Trojan war erupted because of the kidnap of Helen: ‘Menelaus’ queen,/With wanton Paris sleeps – and that’s the quarrel’ [prologue, 9-10]. We therefore believe from the outset that the war plot [and all the tragedies that occur as a result of … Read more

Evil and Immoral Characters in the Play “Othello” by William Shakespeare

“An evil person may be considered as somebody who condones bad or morally wrong activities that cause ruin, injury, misfortune or destruction” Brandon Johnson writes in. In the play “Othello” by William Shakespeare the character of Iago can be considered evil and immoral. Iago is a two faced cynical that only wants revenge and does … Read more

Play Review: Romeo and Juliet

In Shakespeare’s play, “Romeo and Juliet”, Friar Laurence has a major role. As a wise and generous priest Friar Laurence was a man of belief allowing Romeo and Juliet to trust him completely, turning to him for advice, and solutions. He was there throughout Romeo’s and Juliet’s lives; he married them, came up with a … Read more

Masculine Honor and the Fetish of Chastity in Shakespeare’s “Rape of Lucrece”

Lucrece’s tragic downfall in Shakespeare’s “Rape of Lucrece” can be largely blamed on male competition. Her hapless story begins with a contest to determine which man possesses the chastest wife, “among which Collatus extolled the incomparable chastity of his wife Lucretia” After Lucrece is proclaimed the most dutiful, Sextus Tarquinius, a Tarquin prince and friend … Read more

A Meeting of the Petty Gods

Act IV, Scene IV, of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale marks a shift away from the Sicilian, courtly world that dominates the previous three acts and much of Act IV. The chaos and disorder resulting from court happenings, Hermione’s apparent death, Perdita’s abandonment, Polixenes’ betrayal by Leontes, and Camillo’s exodus from Sicilia, for example, begin … Read more

Romeo & Juliet and Antigone analysis

William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Sophocles’ Antigone both develop a complex plot structure and show many similarities and differences. They share some common tragic illumination along with some uncommon tragic illumination, as well. Each of the plays ended in some sorts of fatalities, but with different cases of dispute. Tragic illumination is a piece … Read more

The State of Mind and Paradoxes in Sonnet 27

Seen from the surface, Shakespeare’s Sonnet 27 is a lament for the absent beloved. However, when regarded from a more careful perspective, it rather implies a mental voyage that unveils the speaker’s inner reality and his state of mind. As in many of Shakespeare’s sonnets, this poem is erected on paradoxes that contribute to reveal … Read more

Glass in Shakespeare’s Sonnet #3

The careful craft and design of poetry condenses the amount of text needed to convey information. This is true of all art, in that pieces are often qualitatively judged by how much they “say.” Good works may carry one or two levels of meaning hidden behind their lines, but a masterpiece holds an infinite amount … Read more

"The Canonization" and Sonnet 55: Early Modern Britain in Shakespear’s and Donne’s works

William Shakespeare’s 55th Sonnet and John Donne’s “The Canonization” are both poems that possess the same themes, anxieties, and cultural practices, thus illuminating the two poets’ experiences in early modern Britain. According to Sasha Roberts, “’wit’ in the early modern period denoted ingenuity, intelligence, imagination, and verbal prowess and was arguably the most highly valued … Read more

Coriolanus the Overgrown Child: Analysis of Language to Interpret the Character

Shakespeare conjures in Coriolanus a character who manifests at times the immaturity and childishness of a typically arrogant and na?ve Shakespearean antagonist; yet so too does he render a sense of Coriolanus’ virtuous nobility and honesty which one would find in an archetypally sympathetic Shakespearean protagonist. Thus, Shakespeare splits critics and audiences alike into these … Read more

“To His Coy Mistress” and “Sonnet 116”: Comparing the Portrayal of Love

In Octavio Paz’s book The Double Flame, he describes three different categories of love that can arise between partners: sexuality, eroticism, and Love. The first category, sexuality, refers to the biological and instinctive urge to reproduce, whereas eroticism descibes the pleasure and desire of the sexual act. The third category, Love, refers to an attraction … Read more

Tragedy Averted: The Role of Social Class in Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors”

The mistaken identities of twins Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse, and their slaves Dromio of Ephesus and Dromio of Syracuse, facilitate the comedy upon which Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors pivots. A common feature of Shakespeare’s later plays is a comedic sub-plot following lower-born characters; the action in this often reflecting or refracting … Read more

Shakespeare’s Themes: How Shakespeare Uses Themes In His Plays

“ William Shakespeare was an incredibly intelligent play writer; some of his greatest plays include Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare has given an estimated 1,700 to 3,000 words to the English language, the estimations of his vocabulary range from 17,000 to 29,000 words (Facts about William Shakespeare). Shakespeare … Read more

The Comedy of Errors and Plautus

One of Shakespeare’s earliest plays (its first recorded performance was in December 1594), The Comedy of Errors has frequently been dismissed as a pure farce, unrepresentative of the playwright’s later efforts. While Errors may contain some farcical elements, it is a complex, layered work that draws upon and reinterprets Plautine comedy. Shakespeare combines aspects of … Read more

Reasons Of Macbeth's Downfall

The play “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare depicts the beginning and end of a tyrant who loses his strength of will. It can be said however that the fault is not Macbeth’s alone as the witches and Lady Macbeth were partly responsible for Macbeth’s downfall. This can be shown through a variety of techniques such as … Read more

The Course of Law: The Legal System in The Merchant of Venice and The Comedy of Erros

William Shakespeare includes a Duke to represent the utmost authority figure in many of his plays. In The Comedy of Errors and The Merchant of Venice, both Dukes hold complete control—or, at least, what they perceive to be complete control—over their respective regions. Shakespeare uses these two characters to show how “authority” is oftentimes an … Read more