The theme of disillusionment in Hamlet and Death of a Naturalist

The theme of disillusionment is apparent in ‘Hamlet’ Act 3 Scene 4 where Hamlet realises his mother has her own sexual needs and he struggles to comprehend the truth, as he once believed her to be pure and innocent. Similarly in Heaney’s poem, ‘Death of a Naturalist’, disillusionment is presented through Heaney exploring his childhood … 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

An Intertextual Reading of the Play Othello and the Film O (2001)

Intertextuality is the interrelationship between literary works whereby each text is seen as a product shaped by other literary works. The Bulgarian critic Julia Kristeva is said to have invented the term while its meaning can be traced back to the works of Russian philosopher M. M. Bakhtin (Harder, 2017). Intertextuality explains the fact that … Read more


Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare; It dramatises the psychologically damaging effects of political ambition and greed on those who seek power for their own personal gain. In the play several writing techniques are exhibited to show the exaggerated rise and fall of Macbeth’s character and his actions that lead to the consequences. In … Read more

Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice

A very important and recurring theme in Shakespeare’s plays, The Merchant of Venice, is loyalty. Loyalty is a warm quality that includes devotion, faithfulness, and unswerving allegiance. Shakespeare’s work is still relevant today because we can compare ourselves to the characters and talking about the plays can possibly build friendships. Loyalty is important in today’s … Read more

Shakespeare – The Merchant of Venice

Ever since I was young and started gaining knowledge about Shakespearean plays, I believed that all of Shakespeare’s works, were plays that one would read to hear a entertaining, happy story; but, it was not until this term, after reading The Merchant of Venice, that I recognised the darker, more sinister, side of Shakespeare’s plays. … Read more

Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Throughout time Man has attempted to subvert the natural order to fulfill the desire for ascendancy. Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, explores the concept and the interplay of external and internal forces on one’s actions. While some might argue external forces were the main cause of Macbeth’s rise and fall, it was ultimately Macbeth’s troubled conscience, internal … Read more

William Shakespeare – The Merchant of Venice

In William Shakespeare’s play ‘The Merchant of Venice’, his protagonist Portia conforms to the 16th century’s patriarchal society while conveying that women are mistreated and have no power within traditional Venation society. William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. His works consists of … Read more

Macbeth’s downfall is due to both nature and nurture

The nature versus nurture debate is one of the oldest issues within psychology. Nature refers to factors such as genes and heredity that influence one’s behavior. Nurture refers to all the environmental characteristics that impact who we are, including our childhood experiences, how we were raised and the culture we were raised in. Some philosophers … Read more

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the Tempest

Shakespeare’s work has always been one to influence and touch people around the world for years. The themes behind each of his writings are known for their deep meanings and applicability to a persons life. For instance, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest both have themes and messages within them that are meaningful. The story … Read more

Ophelia – Hamlet

As one of only two female characters in Hamlet it seems surprising that Ophelia is presented as unsubstantial and entirely passive. She is polarized by her love for Hamlet and sense of duty to her father, and these feeling bind her completely. She neither questions her father’s demands and instructions nor queries Hamlet’s supposed madness, … Read more

Explore and Compare the Ideas of The ‘Self’ and Its Immortality

In this essay, I will be analysing Shakespeare’s Sonnets 71 through 74 and Plato’s Phaedo to distil their concepts of the ‘self’ and the implications these concepts have on self’s immortality. First, I will analyse Shakespeare’s Sonnets 71 to 74, which all revolve around the central theme of death, to argue that his definition of … Read more

Shakespeare’s King Richard III and Al Pachino’s Looking for Richard

Through the study of two distinct texts composed centuries apart, it is evident that an exploration of context and intertextual connections provide a deepened understanding of the shared human struggle as individuals search for their identity and a meaningful purpose in life. Subsequently, human frailty is illuminated through one’s misguided pursuit of power, and unwillingness … Read more