Theatre Essay Examples

  • Death Of A Salesman Character Of Ben

    1576 words - 7 pages

    The character of Ben in Arthur Miller?s Death Of A Salesman functions towards the development of his main character, Willy. Miller uses him as the guiding light for Willie?s character; he provides the backbone for what Willy strives for throughout life. Ben functions as Willies idol, and through exploration into which Ben is, we see who Willy is. By viewing Ben?s morals, and actions, we are able to see what Willy himself wishes for and believes in. By allowing for our understanding of who Willy is, Ben is also used to contribute to our understanding of the theme of the novel, th

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    Falstaff And King Lear

    1188 words - 5 pages

    Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear is a detailed description of the consequences of one man's decisions. This fictitious man is Lear, King of England, who's decisions greatly alter his life and the lives of those around him. As Lear bears the status of King he is, as one expects, a man of great power but sinfully he surrenders all of this power to his daughters as a reward for their demonstration of love towards him. (Cain) This untimely abdication of his throne results in a chain reaction of events that send him through a journey of hell. King Lear is a metaphorical description of one

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    King Lear

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    Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear is a detailed description of the consequences of one man's decisions. This fictitious man is Lear, King of England, who's decisions greatly alter his life and the lives of those around him. As Lear bears the status of King he is, as one expects, a man of great power but sinfully he surrenders all of this power to his daughters as a reward for their demonstration of love towards him. This untimely abdication of his throne results in a chain reaction of events that send him through

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    King Lear Blindness

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    In Shakespeare's "King Lear" the issue of sight against blindness is a recurring theme. In Shakespearean terms, being blind does not refer to the physical inability to see. Blindness is here a mental flaw some characters posses, and vision is not derived solely from physical sight. King Lear and Gloucester are the two prime examples Shakespeare incorporates this theme into. Each of these characters' lack of vision was the primary cause of the unfortunate decisions they made, decisions that they would eventually come to regret. The blindest of all was undoubtedly King Lear

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    King Lear 3

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    King Lear, by William Shakespeare, is a tragic tale of filial conflict, personal transformation, and loss. The story revolves around the King who foolishly alienates his only truly devoted daughter and realizes too late the true nature of his other two daughters. A major subplot involves the illegitimate son of Gloucester, Edmund, who plans to discredit his brother Edgar and betray his father. With these and other major characters in the play, Shakespeare clearly asserts that human nature is either entirely good, or entirely evil. Some characters experience a transformative phase, wh

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    Shakespearean Comedy

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    Shakespeare wrote many plays during his lifetime. Some of his plays have similar comedic characteristics and then other plays are the exact opposite of comedy. Shakespeare wrote tragedies, romance, history, comedy and problem plays all with great success. During the performance of these plays there was no scenery so great time was taken when developing the characters and the plot so the plays would be entertaining. A Midsummers Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing are just two of the comedies Shakespeare wrote. These two plays have many things in common where as Measure for Measu

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    The Sanity Of Hamlet

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    Method in the Madness: Hamlet?s Sanity Supported Through His Relation to Ophelia and Edgar?s Relation to Lear In both Hamlet and King Lear, Shakespeare incorporates a theme of madness with two characters: one truly mad, and one only acting mad to serve a motive. The madness of Hamlet is frequently disputed. This paper argues that the contrapuntal character in each play, namely Ophelia in Hamlet and Edgar in King Lear, acts as a balancing argument to the other character?s madness or sanity. King Lear?s more decisive distinction between Lear?s frailty of mind and Edgar?s c

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    William Shakespeare

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    William Shakespeare was a great English playwright, dramatist and poet who lived during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwright of all time. No other writer's plays have been produced so many times or read so widely in so many countries as his. Shakespeare was born to middle class parents. His father, John, was a Stratford businessman. He was a glove maker who owned a leather shop. John Shakespeare was a well known and respected man in the town. He held

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    King Lear Clear Vision

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    In Shakespeare's classic tragedy, King Lear, the issue of sight and its relevance to clear vision is a recurring theme. Shakespeare's principal means of portraying this theme is through the characters of Lear and Gloucester. Although Lear can physically see, he is blind in the sense that he lacks insight, understanding, and direction. In contrast, Gloucester becomes physically blind but gains the type of vision that Lear lacks. It is evident from these two characters that clear vision is not derived solely from physical sight. L

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    Arthur Miller And His Literary Works

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    Using my knowledge of Arthur Miller?s life and his historical background I will show how he reflected it in two of his many works, Death of a Salesman and All My Sons. Miller?s diverse life experiences, people he knew, and his constant traveling gave him the ideas and themes for his unique classic collection of works. When he was asked recently in what way his plays were related to the events of his life, Miller replied, ?In a sense all my plays are autobiographical.? ?The artist creates his biography through his work even as the events of his life serve to shape him.?

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    On The Character Of Shylock In The Merchant Of Venice

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    On the Character of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice On the Character of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice Thesis statement: Shylock is not a complete villain, but a tragic figure who is more sinned against than sinning. Outline I. Brief introduction about the comedy and Shylock II. Analysis of the character of Shylock A. Shylock as a Jewish usurer B. Shylock who endured abuse but forgave easily C. Shylock’s attitude towards his eloped daughter D. Shylock’s attitude towards the customs and the law III. My view of Shylock On the Character of Shylock i

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    Kabuki Theatre

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    For over 400 years the Kabuki theatre has been a part of Japanese culture. The flash and spectacle have entertained audiences and told tales of love, magic, treachery, and justice. Kabuki playwrights have borrowed material from history, politics, and mythology and the kabuki style is certainly no exception for borrowing and adapting from others. Attributes that define Kabuki stage, props, and subject matter have been adapted from Noh and Bunraku theatre. This paper will follow the path of all three types of theatre to examine these qualities. Noh theatre is the oldest of the three forms,

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    How Does Lear Change By The End Of Act Two

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    How Does Lear Change by the End of Act two The audience experience an enormous change in Lear by the end of act two. To come from this figure of sheer power, a King, to this frantic lunatic that has no possession of authority is startling. For Shakespeare to make a play based around this character one would think that he would be an interesting character that has multiple levels of emotion and personality. But we are not. Unlike most of Shakespeare’s works this character has no relatable aspects for the audience to experience. For him to have this meaningless character with no depth, no s

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    Crucible Essay How Does Arthur Miller Bulid Up Tension In Act 4

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    In the play ‘The Crucible’ Salem is a very religious and well-respected community. They follow the strict rules and live their way of life by the bible. However as the play progresses there are a lot of conflict, tension, and drama shown. Arthur Miller builds up tension through his characters and their actions. The tension increases as the play develops and the people of Salem have to deal with the dilemma that unfolds before them. The play starts of ‘a cell in Salem jail. At the back is a high barred window; near it, a great, heavy door. Along the walls are two benches. The place is in dar

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    The Life On Shakspeare

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    William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616)[a] was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.[1] He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays,[b] 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwrightShakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of

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    In Depth With Shakespeare The Honest Truth

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    In most of the plays that were read this term, there is a theme that seems to be prevalent. The theme is honesty will set you free, whereas lies and mistruths will be your downfall. Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and Twelfth Night all hold and express that theme. However, if Shakespeare really thought that lies and mistruths were a downfall for his characters, why are there so many dishonest characters in Shakespeare’s plays? Could Shakespeare’s dishonest characters represent Shakespeare? Was Shakespeare conveying guilt for his dishonesty? Did Shakespeare think that he could influence people

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    The Duchess Of Amalfi

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    The Duchess of Malfi was written in 1613 and published in 1623 under the title “The Tragedy of the Duchess of Malfi”. The play tells the story of a widow who marries Antonio, a lowly steward , against the wishes of her powerful brothers, a duke and a cardinal. Webster based his play on actual events that took place in Italy in the early sixteenth century; he kepts the Italian setting in order to explore problems relevant to of the England of his own era, the Jacobean age, without being accused of outrage. With the story of his female tragic protagonist Webster reflects on the p

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    Edward Albee

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    Edward Albee was born in Washington, DC on March 12, 1928. When he was two weeks old, Albee was adopted by millionaire couple Reed and Frances Albee. The Albees named their son after his paternal grandfather, Edward Franklin Albee, a powerful producer who had made the family fortune as a partner in the Keith-Albee Theater Circuit. Young Edward was raised by his adoptive parents in Westchester, New York. Because of his father's and grandfather's involvement in the theatre business, Albee was exposed to theatre and well-known personalities throughout his childhood. From early on, Albees mot

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    The Madness Of Hamlet

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    Examine how Shakespeare presents the theme of madness in Hamlet. Are we supposed to treat it as real, feigned, or a mixture of the two? The definition of madness is ‘to be with disordered mind, insane; frenzied; wildly foolish.’ Throughout the play, Shakespeare invites the audience to make sense of Hamlet’s state of mind – is his mind without order or is his madness part of an overall strategy? Hamlet’s first soliloquy takes place in Act 1 Scene 2, after Hamlet’s meeting with his mother, the Queen, and Claudius. In this soliloquy, the audience sees his depression and grief over the dea

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    King Lear

    1680 words - 7 pages

    Imagine you have seen either a Feminist, Marxist, or Aristotelean production of King Lear. You are to present a discussion of the Feminist, Marxist, or Aristotelean interpretation of the play and how it differs from your own. When looking at King Lear there are many interpretations to consider. One of these is looking at King Lear from a feminist point of view. After seeing a production which focused on this interpretation I now have a greater understand of what quotes and language techniques show this and also what staging elements emphasis this overall interpretation. King Lear is

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    Much Is Revealed About Iago Himself Through His Soliloquies And Asides How Does Shakespeare Portray Iagos Character Through These Techniques

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    Much is revealed about Iago himself through his soliloquies and asides. how does Shakespeare portray Iago’s character through these techniques. In William Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ one of the main characters Iago, is perceived as the main antagonist throughout the play. When he is first introduced to the audience it is evident that his language is vulgar and crude. ‘Even now, now, very now. An old black ram Is tupping your white ewe’ ( Act 1, Sc 1, L 97 ) Shakespeare portrays Iago in this way to show his hatred towards characters in the play, such as Othello and Michael Cassio. Iago

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    Were There Two Shakespeare

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    "WERE THERE TWO SHAKESPEARES?" William Shakespeare is undoubtedly one of England's most well-known and treasured authors. His plays were exceedingly popular during his life, and according to legend, they brought him and his family much fame and affluence. Since his death, however, evidence has been uncovered which suggests that the William Shakespeare of playwright fame may not have been the same individual documented in the historical records of Stratford-upon-Avon. According to The Shakespeare Conspiracy, a book by Graham Phillips and Martin Keatman,the actual docume

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    How Would You Want Your Audience To Respond To The Character Of Ismene Explain How You Would Perform The Role In Each Of Her Two Appearances In The Play In Order To Achieve Your Aims

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    How would you want your audience to respond to the character of Ismene? Explain how you would perform the role in each of her two appearances in the play in order to achieve your aims. Ismene is sister to Antigone, but their personalities and attitudes are complete opposites to each other. Antigone is proud and defiant, where Ismene has a more commonsense and subservient attitude. I would like the audience to respond to her character with pity, reverence also shock at the hidden strength that the character reveals. Ismene’s first appearance in the play is in the prologue with Anti

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    Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The question frequently asked after reading The Merchant of Venice is: is Shylock a victim or a villain? The best way to investigate this question is to explore the text of the play to find out what Shakespeare wanted us to believe. Life for the Jews in the Elizabethan period was often very hard. In England Jews were viewed with distaste, suspected of a number of heinous crimes such as child murder. They were also distrusted by Christians for the rejection of Christ as the Messiah and because they did not lend money

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    Evaluate The Effectiveness Of Characterisation Themes Conflict And Tension In Dr Faustus

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    Doctor Faustus a play written by the well-known writer Christopher Marlowe is written in a grandiose and tragic, with occasional moments of low comedy under the idea of a few certain themes; Sin, Redemption and Damnation; Power as a corrupting influence; and the divided nature of man. Contrasting to the tension created within the play, with the issue of Faustus’ selling his soul to Lucifer and of the good and bad angel. The effectiveness of characterisation within the play, especially Doctor Faustus shown in Marlowe’s writing helps play a role in the themes and by creating tension in the play.

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    Shakespeare In Love

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    The film takes place in the 16th century during the reign of Queen Elizabeth in the town of Greenwich. Both of the theatres in this film were the Curtain and the Rose Theatre. The Rose and the Curtain are both historically accurate. From what I can tell pretty much conformed to all of the Elizabethan Conventions that we talked about in the book But from the research I have gathered it seems that a bulk of Shakespeare’s plays were performed in the Globe theatre and not in the small rinky dink theatres portrayed in the film. The most obvious conformity that stood out to me was the fact that Sha

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    Adaptation On Othello Into O Movie

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    This basketball film translates Shakespeare's tragedy Othello into the high school teen genre and gets its identity and impact from the fact that its plot, themes, and the motivations and actions of its characters are contemporary equivalents of the seventeenthcentury play. (1) The director Tim Blake Nelson and the writer Brad Kaaya have created precise parallels, while at the same time adding elements which fit the modern context of high school violence. O is best appreciated as an interlinear exercise, which involves going back and forth between the movie and Shakespeare to determine the sim

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    King Lear

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    Of all Shakespeare's plays Macbeth is the most rapid, Hamlet the slowest in movement. Lear combines length with rapidity,—like the hurricane and the whirlpool absorbing while it advances. It begins as a stormy day in summer, with brightness; but that brightness is lurid, and anticipates the tempest. It was not without forethought, nor is it without its due significance, that the division of Lear's kingdom is in the first six lines of the play stated as a thing already deter-mined in all its particulars, previously to the trial of professions, as the relative rewards of which the daughters

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    Hamlet And His Problems

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    FEW critics have even admitted that Hamlet the play is the primary problem, and Hamlet the character only secondary. And Hamlet the character has had an especial temptation for that most dangerous type of critic: the critic with a mind which is naturally of the creative order, but which through some weakness in creative power exercises itself in criticism instead. These minds often find in Hamlet a vicarious existence for their own artistic realization. Such a mind had Goethe, who made of Hamlet a Werther; and such had Coleridge, who made of Hamlet a Coleridge; and probably neither of these me

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    A Midsummer Nights Dream Analysis

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    If one is a scrupulous reader and also he have read most works of Shakespeare, it is not hard for him to find that two themes present in many of Shakespeare's plays. That are the struggle of men to dominate women and the conflict between father and daughter, and it are those two themes that form a large part of the dramatic content of A Midsummer Night's Dream. In the first act both themes of tension appear, when Theseus remarks that he has won Hippolyta by defeating her, "Hippolyta, I wooed thee with my sword" (1.1.16), and the conflict between Egeus and his daughter, Hermia, also turns up a

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    King Lear Summary

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    In Shakespeare's classic tragedy, King Lear, the issue of sight and its relevance to clear vision is a recurring theme. Shakespeare's principal means of portraying this theme is through the characters of Lear and Gloucester. Although Lear can physically see, he is blind in the sense that he lacks insight, understanding, and direction. In contrast, Gloucester becomes physically blind but gains the type of vision that Lear lacks. It is evident from these two characters that clear vision is not derived solely from physical sight. Lear's failure to understand this is the principal cause of his dem

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    Dr Faustus Vs Hamlet

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    Good v.s. Evil or Medieval v.s. Renaissance These were the times of confusion and change for many. The plays and art were built around the shift of medieval to renaissance. Many were trying to absorb the differences and trying to find themselves in the times. The medieval era was focused on religion, primarily Christianity, sin, and redemption. The renaissance era focused on the humanities and dealing with the interpretation of human personalities and views. Christopher Marlowe, who wrote Dr. Faustus, as well as William Shakespeare, who wrote Hamlet, did an excellent job creating what many p

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    King Lear Brit Lit

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    THE AUTHOR AND HIS TIMES It would be nice if we could say that William Shakespeare wrote King Lear when he himself was at an advanced age. We could picture him becoming concerned with retirement and the disposal of his property and goods. But the theory collapses when you realize that Shakespeare was only 41 years old when the first performance of King Lear was recorded in an official document. Besides, the plot line, involving two older men and their respective family problems, is only a small part of the play. King Lear is about much, much more and undoubtedly reflects deeper concerns tha

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    Power Of Characterisation In King Lear

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    To what extent has your personal response to The Tragedy of King Lear been shaped by the enduring power of Shakespeare’s characterisation of King Lear? Support your evaluation with a close analysis of TWO key extracts from King Lear. Much of the essence of Shakespeare’s compelling tragedy, The Tragedy of King Lear is generated through the characterisation of its central character; King Lear. The Tragedy of King Lear is a play which concerns itself with trials of humanity, questions of morality and the flaws and frailty of man. As such, it lends itself to a great array of critiques, i

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    It all started when our predictably heroic protagonist, Bill Clinton, woke up in a swamp. It was the sixth time it had happened. Feeling barely concerned, Bill Clinton stroked a wolverine, thinking it would make him feel better (but as usual, it did not). Ever so extemperaneously, he realized that his beloved Nucelar weapon was missing! Immediately he called his enemy in training, Tony Bliar. Bill Clinton had known Tony Bliar for (plus or minus) one million years, the majority of which were eccentric ones. Tony Bliar was unique. He was intelligent though sometimes a little... oafish. Bill Cl

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    Socrates And Jesus

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    Essay: On Race and Religion Although the plots of Shakespeare's plays are specific, the motivations of the characters -- as well as of Shakespeare himself -- have been the source of much debate. Arguments continue over interpretations of Shakespeare's intentions in part because his plays remain so profoundly relevant. On Race Race is a particularly critical factor in Othello, the story of the "dark Moor" who succumbs to sexual jealousy amidst a white society. Why does Iago mislead Othello so cruelly? And why does Othello believe Iago's lies, and ultimately commit the heinous act of kill

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    Iography Of William Shakespeare

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    William Shakesphere (1564-1616). Playwright and poet was Born in 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England . Historians believe that Shakespeare was born on April 23, the same day he died in 1616. His parents were Mr. John Shakespeare, a glover, and Mrs.Mary Arden, of farming stock. Much uncertainty surrounds Shakespeare's early life. He was the eldest of three sons, and there were four daughters. He was educated at the local grammar school, and married Anne Hathaway, from a local farming family, in 1582. She bore him a daughter, Susanna, in 1583, and twins, Hamnet and Judith, in

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    Feminism In Hamlet

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    Despite common belief that Ophelia and Gertrude merely serve as subservient, foil characters among the men in the play, many critics see strong glimmers of feminism within the two. Many feel that the weaknesses in the women are highlighted solely to take attention away from the atrocities that the men commit. In other words, the men fear the weak, feminine characteristics within themselves, so they project the image of promiscuity onto the females in order to secrete their masculine bloodshed. This is found evident in Hamlet’s reaction to Polonius’ death in his infamous scene with Gertrude, w

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    Shakesphere S Globe

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    Destruction & Reconstruction of the Globe When asked about the “Globe,” many people would not know that you would be referring to William Shakespeare, a very successful writer who wrote many famous plays throughout his career. Some may think that you are talking about the earth in general, or a simple replica globe, about the size of a basketball, but the real “globe” was William Shakespeare’s theatre he performed his unique, very so popular plays in. The globe was nicknamed the "wooden o" playhouse. Shakespeare’s revolved around his globe playhouse. The main portion of the paper wil

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    The Internet

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    “The internet has transformed the news” (Tully, May 16 2007, Lecture 16) as it provides the means for interactive communications on a global scale. However, it has also brought with it a number of important implications. The way that the internet has opened a “new channel of communication that is different: transnational, interactive and postmodern,” (Poster, 1997, Pg 235) has proved an influential factor that has significantly affected the practice of journalism. Prior to the formation of the internet, journalists relied on traditional technological methods of journalism in order to produce n

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    Australian Theatre

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    In the 1950s, a new wave of change came about in Australian theatre. For once, Australians could see themselves on stage in a light that glorified them, rather than alienating them. This was the so-called renaissance movement in theatre, a movement of nationalism and liberation. On stage began a stronger sense of awareness and cultural aspects of the land. Symbolic qualities of Australia were portrayed on stage and rather than the vernacular being mocked, it was embraced and executed correctly. This report dissects Australian theatre and issues that were prominent in the 1950s and not long aft

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    Shakespeare Answers

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    1. Although know one is sure on the exact of William Shakespeare’s birth, many believe that the 23rd of April, 1564 was his date of birth. He lived in Stratford-Upon-Avon in England (Warwickshire). His father, John was an apprentice Glover and later in the years he married Mary Arden. 8. How Shakespeare died remains a mystery, but in a diary it is said that Shakespeare was having a jolly good time with Drayton and Ben. They were having a few drinks although they drank too hard. Shakespeare is believed from drinking too much and died of a fever at the age of 52. He was buried in Holy Trinity c

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    Amp Quot Gosts Amp Quot By Ibsen

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    Henrik Johan Ibsen (1828–1906) was a major Norwegian playwright of realistic drama. He is often referred to as the "father of modern drama" and is one of the founders of modernism in the theatre. Alongside Knut Hamsun, Ibsen is held to be the greatest of Norwegian authors, celebrated as a national symbol by Norwegians, and one of the most important playwrights of all time. His plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when Victorian values of family life and propriety largely held sway in Europe and any challenge to them was considered immoral and outrageous. Roughly speaking

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    Shaw Is The Melodramaist Of The Intellect Holbrook Jackson Discuss With Reference To Plays By Gb Shaw

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    Shaw is the melodramaist of the intellect' - Holbrook Jackson. Discuss with reference to plays by GB Shaw. Melodrama is a term coined in 1789. Originally, The Oxford English Dictionary defines melodrama as 'a genre comprising any of the types of melodramatic work, especially excitement by exagerration and sensationalism' (1). Wikipedia has a more specific definition, noting that 'There is a tidy structure or formula to melodrama: (typically) a villain poses a threat, the hero escapes the threat (or rescues the heroine) and there is a happy ending. In melodrama there is constructed a world o

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    Was William Shakespeare The Sole Author Of All His Plays

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    Controversy has always followed many people when things seem too hard to believe. In this case, William Shakespeare had been the subject of a great controversy regarding whether he wrote such famous plays as “Macbeth” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Many people have found it impossible to believe that such a man could have written the plays. They feel that either other people such as Sir Francis Bacon or the Earl of Oxford (just to name a few) wrote many or most of the thoughts of that Shakespeare used. The efforts to prove that different people wrote them has resulted in many books of th

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    ENDINGS IN RENAISSANCE TRAGEDY Among the various definitions of tragedy, the one most commonly proffered is: a play that treats - at the most uncompromising level - human suffering, or pathos, with death being the usual conclusion. According to Aristotle's Poetics, the purpose of tragedy is to show how humans are at the mercy of fate, and to cleanse the audience by provoking extreme emotions of pity and terror. The tragic actions on the dramatic stage cause the audience to experience these extreme feelings that eventually causes a catharsis or release of these emotions, to reduce these passio

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    Healthy relationships involve honesty, trust, and commitment. Whether the relationship is with a love one or a friend, it takes all three components in order for it to work. Jealously is one factor that causes relationships to turn sour. Many people search for definitive answers as to why people cause mental or physical harm to others. And little to behold that a very large percentage might say that envy is in the top ranking. So what causes people to do evil things? Is it revenge? Is it bad childhood experience? Is it to have power? Is it something that is hidden, but is difficult to fin

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    The Crucible

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    ‘The Crucible is not a powerfully dramatic play? Do You Agree’ The Crucible: written in 1950’s set in Salem, North coast of America the play is based on events that occurred during the Salem witch trials between February 1692 and May 1693. When Miller wrote the play most Americans believed in ‘ The American Dream’ everyone has the chance to be happy, successful and rich if they worked hard.The US were in the middle of the cold war with the Soviet Union (a communist country), but some people thought that the US had been infilterated by communists. Arthur Miller was a communist; communists wer

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    Violence In Romeo And Juliet

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    In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, violence is one of the key elements that fuel the plot of the play. From the very beginning of the first act up until the unfortunate deaths of the story’s two main characters, several forms of violence are depicted both on and off the stage. Unlike most of Shakespeare’s violent tragedies, Romeo and Juliet directly connect different forms of love and passion with violence. In some occurrences, love is the cause of violence and in others, acts of violence simply create tragedy as a result. Basically, Violence begets violence. Even before the plot of th

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    Death Of A Salesman

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    "If the exaltation of tragic action were truly a property of the high-bred character alone, it is inconceivable that the mass of mankind should cherish tragedy above all other forms" (Dwyer). It makes little sense that tragedy should only pertain to those in high ranks. As explained in his essay "Tragedy and the Common Man," Arthur Miller sets out the pattern for his own idea of a tragedy and the tragic hero. This pattern supports the idea that a tragedy can occur in characters of common men as well as those in high place. In his paper, he demonstrates that it should be possible for everyone t

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