Comparing Greek and Renaissance Theatre: Greek Rules Vs. Shakespearean Excitement in “Oedipus”

Renaissance Theatre was heavily influenced by Greek Theatre in regard to the rules and methods used in their plays. Even though both periods are similar, such as having no scenery and all actors being male etc. There are also many differences regarding the motives behind the performances and what was shown on stage. Greek Theatre … Read more

Shakespearean Plays: Understanding Women’s Role in Elizabethan and Jacobean Times

The arguments presented in this extract from Lisa Jardine’s ‘Introduction to Still Harping on Daughters 1989’, is one that suggests that female characters in Shakespeare’s plays, subvert the existing views on women in society in late 16th and 17th century. Jardine exclaims that views concerning the position of women in society were well understood and … Read more

Uncovering the Influence of Shakespeare on English Language

This essay first considers how Shakespeare and his works impacted the English Language, exploring Middle English through to Modern English. Focusing on the Early Modern English period in which Shakespeare wrote his world-renowned plays. I decided to research Shakespeare due to his phenomenal popularity and reputation as one of the world’s most influenceable writers, as … Read more

Injustice in Literature: Harper Lee and Shakespeare Expose Prejudices and Discrimination

When considering the representation of injustice in literature, Harper Lee in To Kill A Mockingbird presents an inquisitive protagonist that challenges the attitudes and values of a prejudiced society. In contrast, Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice explores a world where justice is dependent on social attitudes that are characterised by a deep-rooted fear and dislike … Read more

Explore Shakespeare’s Pioneer Status of Psychologically Influencing Drama

1. Introduction 1.2 Shakespeare as the Pioneer of Psychologically Shaping the Drama William Shakespeare can rightfully be called a pioneer of the art of psychologically shaping the drama. He created dramatic styles and forms that were entirely innovative for his time, and through his diverse innovations he effectuated a reformation of the drama, whose impacts … Read more

Explore Rep. of Nation and Nationality in Shakespeare’s Henry V:Fluellen, Jamy and Macmorris

Paste your essay in here…As the story of Henry V concerns the war between England and France, the concept of nation and national identities is an important theme throughout the play. Not only are the English and the French depicted, Henry’s captains are used to represent the different nations that make up the British. It … Read more

Explore the Depraved Character of Aaron the Moor in Shakespeare’s 'Titus Andronicus’: Uncovering the Complexity of Prejudice and Power

In the Renaissance period, the Moor was considered a very particular race of people possessing visibly African features and dark skin, associated with depravity, and a lack of emotional intelligence due to their stereotyped uncontrollable sexual lust and overdrives. They were considered ‘other’ and essentially ‘other’ is all that the self was not. These notions … Read more

Shakespeare: Fraud or Prodigy? Debate Re-Ignited as Evidence Surfaces.

Of course, many will probably disagree with this assertion that Shakespeare was a fraud. Commonly understated arguments are overlooked and swept under the carpet seen as false and incorrect. With nearly 150 sonnets and 40 plays to his name, many accredit Shakespeare as one of the world’s greatest writers. But many people nicknamed “Anti-Stratfordians” “argue … Read more

Uncover the Life and Writing of William Shakespeare, Britain’s Best Writer of All Time

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwriter, and actor. He was believed to be Britain’s best writer of all time. He was also often called Englands national poet and the “Bard of Avon”. Throughout his life, he was author of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and several other poetical compositions. Some of his work today is … Read more

Uncovering Hero-Sidekick and Rivalry-based Male Friendships in Shakespeare’s Plays

Friendship is arguably one of the most essential aspects of humanity. Innately, humans more often than not seek comradery and companionship. Friendship is a focus of stories, crafting relatable feelings about these friendships. This is true of Shakespeare’s works, but most primarily with male friendships. Many of the male friendships in Shakespearean dramas play a … Read more

Uncover Higher Truths in Shakespeare’s As You Like It with Gender-Bending Disguises

Shakespeare’s comedy, As You Like It, employs the use of disguises for the initial purpose of deception. While the trickery involved with identity bending and disguise in both cases is used for temporary gain, at the end of the play, the final outcome of such deceit leads to revelations of a higher truth. Thus, while … Read more

E.M.W. Tillyard on Shakespeare

E.M.W. Tillyard wrote in his 1944 work entitled Shakespeare’s History Plays that ‘the Tudors, to suit their ends, encouraged their people to look on the events that led to their accession in a special way.’ The marriage of the houses of York and Lancaster which ended the period of civil strife known as the Wars … Read more

Reclaiming Shakespeare was key to the Chartist pursuit for a radical literary canon

The 1866 Parliamentary Select Committee on Theatrical Licenses and Regulations imagined Shakespeare as a cultural figure who represented, above all, unity. He inhabited ‘a realm that transcended class, faction or self-interest’ whilst his works acted as ‘the foundation of English culture and the source of its authority’ (Schoch, 2007: 236). However, the role of Shakespeare … Read more

Troilus and Cressida – William Shakespeare

Paris is the one whose moral judgment and honour is most obviously impaired by passion. His main belief in the Trojan debate on the retention of Helen is clearly based on honour, as is plainly indicated by the terms of reference in his major speech (2.2.148-160): with ‘honourable’, ‘treason’, ‘disgrace’, ‘shame’, ‘base compulsion’, ‘degenerate’, ‘generous’, … Read more

Does the use of music differ in the different genres of Shakespeare’s plays?

Music is a form of art that can be found in all cultures, across all time periods. It plays a role of paramount importance in people’s daily lives. A world-renowned playwright, William Shakespeare, also values music. Born in 1564, Shakespeare has earned the world’s respect through his identity as an actor and a poet, but … Read more

Woolf & Shakespeare depict women who transcend male sexual authority

In spite of the patriarchy, both Woolf and Shakespeare present characters which assume the role of servant and master. However, contrary to conventional views of marriage and female subservience, the women in these texts ascend gender hierarchy to dictate sexual politics. In Orlando, the protagonist is infantilised and intoxicated by the beguiling Queen Elizabeth I … Read more

Atwood’s appropriated Hagseed questions Shakespeare’s dramatic decisions

William Shakespeare’s The Tempest is a remarkably sincere piece of elaborate theatrical artifice discussing the notion of power and control and its ramifications in distinct situations and scenarios. Encompassing a grand plot of usurpation, the play highlights the complexities of individuals that are products of Shakespeare’s context through form, setting, and meta-theatrical elements. The tragicomedy’s … Read more

An Analysis of Friendship and Love in Shakespeare’s Works

A common motif that appears often throughout Renaissance literature is that of friendship-versus-love; this idea is presented in many Shakespeare plays that bring to light the contradictory ideas of the true victor between love and friendship. Unlike many other motifs throughout Shakespearean plays, the battle between love and friendship lies in the foundation of many … Read more

How Shakespeare’s characters are represented across different nations

Shakespeare is without doubt the author of theater the most adapted to the cinema, either in faithful transpositions of its plays or in adaptations to other settings in time and space. The first question that opens this paper is: why does the Shakespearean drama transfer so easy to the screen? A possible answer to this … Read more

Shakespeare’s concept of a limitless love that conquers death

Love and death are integral parts of human life because they are both common, yet complicated. While everyone falls in love and ultimately dies, there are stark differences in the way people feel, perceive or experience and hence, describe, love and death. William Shakespeare, the greatest English poet of all times, sums up his positive … Read more

Shakespeare and Psychology: An Introduction

“Both Shakespeare criticism and psychoanalytic theory,” as Philip Armstrong put it, “each of which owes more to the other than is generally admitted” (Armstrong 1). Each is a means by help of which we can glean new, deeper and more comprehensive insights into our nature, as human beings, both as individuals and societies at large. … Read more

The city of Ephesus – Shakespeare

Throughout history, perspectives on marriage have shifted extensively. At present, modern views on marriage have broken the pattern of a more traditional dynamic in which the man was portrayed as superior head of the household and the women was meant for cooking, bearing children, and submission to her husband. Married men and women are now … Read more

Henry IV Part I – Shakespeare

Speaking specifically of Henry IV Part I Marjorie Garber claims that, "The play is full of complex correspondences between its characters as well as telling juxtapositions between several dramatic worlds" (317). King Henry and Falstaff are two characters in the play, in which Shakespeare has them working with and against one another. Their similarities include … Read more

Shakespeare and Heaney – semantic fields, figurative language and vivid imagery to represent disillusionment

Shakespeare and Heaney both use semantic fields, figurative language and vivid imagery to present the theme of disillusionment. Hamlet appears to be disgusted at the light he now sees his mother in and Shakespeare creates a semantic field of repulsive words to express this. “takes off the rose / From the fair forehead of an … Read more

How did Shakespeare influence modern English culture?

Sub-questions: How did Shakespeare influence modern theatre? What influence did Shakespeare have on modern literature? What are the relations between Shakespeare’s works and modern film adaptations? Shakespeare is one of the most popular dramatists and poets the Western world has ever produced. One could argue that Shakespeare was not of an age, but for all … Read more

Shakespeares Enduring Themes of Tragedy, Comedy and History

 Aspen Lafever English 2030-08 Dr. Dugger 29 November 2016 The Enduring Themes Throughout Shakespeare’s Varying Works Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, and he is often called the English national poet and the greatest writer in the English language and is also considered by many to be the the greatest dramatist of … Read more

Elizabethan Era and Divine Rights of Kings: Shakespeares Insights on Magistracy Performance

 Paul Raffled and Gary Watt, described the Elizabethan time as an era where the ‘government was conducted and represented as theatre’ . The aforementioned quote questions the importance of being performative or acting in relation to leading a kingdom or to rule accordingly. Throughout Shakespeare’s plays, he illustrates that magistracy is more than the … Read more

Discussing Power in Alexie, Wright, Shakespeare and McKnight: How Fighting for Survival is Powerful

 Throughout the books The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie,  Black Boy by Richard Wright,  Macbeth by William Shakespeare, and “The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas” by Reginald McKnight a common theme appeared and that was power is strong and present in tough situations and you need to … Read more

Cultural Production: Comparing Art World and Production of Culture Perspectives in Shakespeare’s Works

 Shirley Bi SOC 125: Midterm 2 Dr. O May 30, 2018 Culture is a contagious process that is dynamic and is subjected to changes over time. Cultures vary among different societies based on the political, economic, religious and even geographical locations. The American culture, for instance, is different from the culture of the people … Read more

Investigating Shakespearean Theatre: Biography, Influence, and Reflections

 Paste yoEssay topic: Research essay on Shakespearean Theatre. 1. Introduction In this essay, I will investigate and analyse the biography and historical influence of William Shakespeare as well as the development of Elizabethan theatre and how he influenced it, lastly I will give a reflection following the elements of Macbeth and illustrate the research … Read more

“Shakespeare’s play, The Taming of the Shrew – reinforcing and challenges class and gender roles of Elizabethan England

Throughout time there has been the traditional rule that women must be submissive to their husbands and are expected to tend to the domestic responsibilities within the household. The Elizabethans had very clear expectations of what roles men and women had in society. In general men were expected to be the breadwinners and women to … Read more

Ahead of His Time or Aptly Controversial? A Study of Shakespeare’s Social Normality

 Emma Kugelmass Mrs. McLaughlin CGI English 11 HH 30 November 2018 Ahead of His Time or Aptly Controversial? A Study of Shakespearean Social Normality Few writers are as essential to the canon of dramatic literature as Shakespeare. Today, his  plays are taught all over the world in both small classrooms and massive lecture halls. … Read more

William Shakespeare’s Influential Legacy: Mystery Behind the Lyrical Genius: William Shakespeare

 To be or not to be” is one of William Shakespeare’s most well-known quotes. It is in his famous play Hamlet, where a character contemplates suicide.  Shakespeare had a unique writing style that was incredibly progressive for the English language. By using Iambic Pentameter, meaning each line had 10 symbols, words used would fit … Read more

Explore Presentation of Female Actors in 1950s Shakespeare & Musical Adaptations

 In order to be able to analyse and explore the presentation of female actors in Shakespeare’s plays and their musical adaptations, it is important to first analyse the presentation of females in 1950s generally. The 1950s are seen as a period of conformity with traditional gender roles for men and women,  but it was … Read more

Exploring Blending of Comedy and Tragedy in Shakespeare’s Plays

 Assessment: Task 2 ‘In tragedy he [Shakespeare] is always struggling after some occasion to be comic’ (Samuel Johnson). Discuss the blending of comedy and tragedy in two plays on this module. As Johnson suggests in his Preface to Shakespeare (Johnson, 2004), Shakespeare is always striving to be comic after ‘some occasion’ in his tragedies, … Read more

Examining Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece: Uncovering Patriarchy’s Faulty Ideologies

 William Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece zooms in on the heavy issue of sexual assault through both internal and external lenses. As it nearly overflows with flowery diction and at times harrowing speech, some critics may be quick to accuse this poem of beautifying Lucrece’s trauma while simultaneously subduing her character. However, scrutinizing Shakespeare’s … Read more

Complex Correspondences and Contrasting Worlds in Henry IV Part I

 “Henry IV Part I – Shakespeare”; Speaking specifically of Henry IV Part I Marjorie Garber claims that, "The play is full of complex correspondences between its characters as well as telling juxtapositions between several dramatic worlds" (317). King Henry and Falstaff are two characters in the play, in which Shakespeare has them working with … Read more

William Shakespeare and the Debate on his Catholicism

 “Contribution to the development of the English language by William Shakespeare”; William Shakespeare tremendously contributed to the development of the English language through his work. He wrote poems, plays and acted in some of the plays. His works include King Lear, the Merchant of Venice among others. Through his work and life, a debate … Read more

Writing essays on Shakespeare’s plays

When writing an essay on one of Shakespeare’s works, here are some important points to keep in mind:

  1. Read and analyze the play carefully: Before starting to write, it is essential to read and understand the play thoroughly. Pay close attention to the language, themes, characters, and plot.
  2. Choose a focused and debatable thesis: Your thesis statement should be clear and specific, and it should present an argument that is debatable and interesting. Avoid vague or broad statements.
  3. Use textual evidence to support your arguments: To support your thesis statement, use specific examples from the play and analyze them in detail. Use quotes from the play to illustrate your points.
  4. Consider the historical and cultural context: Shakespeare’s plays were written in a specific historical and cultural context, and it is important to consider this context when analyzing the play. This can help you understand the social and political issues that the play addresses.
  5. Pay attention to literary devices: Shakespeare’s plays are known for their use of literary devices such as metaphor, symbolism, and imagery. Be sure to identify and analyze these devices in your essay.
  6. Edit and proofread carefully: Once you have finished writing your essay, be sure to edit and proofread it carefully. Check for grammar and spelling errors, and ensure that your ideas are well-organized and clearly expressed.

By keeping these points in mind, you can write a well-structured and insightful essay on one of Shakespeare’s works.

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