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

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

“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

Examination of Cardinal Wolsey’s Speech

Upon his dismissal from King Henry’s court in Henry VIII by William Shakespeare, Cardinal Wolsey deeply contemplates the circumstances for his sudden downfall. Having been left alone by other characters, he proceeds to give a soliloquy whereby he expresses his true thoughts. The figurative language throughout the soliloquy stimulates the numerous tone shifts that occur … 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

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

The Parody and Satire in Sonnet 130

Petrarch, a passionate poet exemplifying the ideals of “Courtly Love” in his sonnets, rhapsodizes Laura, a married woman he may never touch. Inspired by a Troubadour style of ode, his work is akin to an Hymn of Love, although unrequited. It is a classical type of sonnet that glorifies one’s love, usually a chaste woman … Read more

Literature Analysis of Sonnet 130

Many men in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries composed sequences of sonnets about women whom they loved. William Shakespeare’s incomplete sonnet sequence is among the genre’s most acclaimed. Most authors embellished their women’s physical characteristics, but Shakespeare’s 130th sonnet states that his mistress lacks most of the qualities other men wrongly praise their … 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

Romeo and Juliet Analysis

In Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare explores the tragic lives and deaths of the two “star-crossed lovers”. Both Romeo and Juliet are unable to escape their dreadful destiny, even though the strength of their love. While fate plays a significant role in the tragic deaths of the two lovers, human error and weakness also … Read more

The Role of Women in Measure for Measure

‘Measure for Measure’ features female characters from various backgrounds, representing the whole of Viennese society. Women from the upper-classes, such as Isabella, are featured alongside their lower class compatriots, such as brothel keeper Mistress Overdone. However, all of them have one thing in common; in male-dominated Vienna, women are portrayed, first and foremost, in terms … Read more

The Play A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.

In the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare represents four types of love: forced love, parental love, romantic love and complicated love. At the beginning of the play, we see a forced love between Theseus and Hippolytus, queens of the Amazons. Theseus mentions in act 1 “I have courted you with my … 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

Shakespeare’s King Lear and Shirwadkar’s Natsamrat: A Comparative Study

Introduction William Shakespeare is one of the greatest names in the world of English literature and same is the case with Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar who is one of the renowned writers in the domain of Marathi literature. Both writers have their own genius and greatness and there could be no comparison between their writing. Both … 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

Shakespeare: the Einstein of his time

Shakespeare, the Einstein of his time has changed the intrepid minds of many influential people in the Elizabethan era which includes King Edward I. In his greatest play, Macbeth, has showed us that ‘foul is fair and foul is fair’ in the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth; revealing the dominant role of women over … 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

Mythology In Shakespeare

Many of Shakespeare’s plays contain the structural and symbolic elements of mythology. The inheritance of mythological conventions, which shall be explored in this essay, create an effect that is ritualistic and leads to Nietzsche’s observation of ‘an overpowering feeling of unity which leads back to the heart of nature’. This essay is not claiming that … 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