One of the most famous fairy tale, Snow White has been well-known as a romantic comedy, showing that a fair prince will rescue the adorable yet miserable princess and live happily ever after, while the foes will be punished at the end. However, the theme of the story have been romanticized by the people. According to Kirszner and Mandell (Kirszner, Mandell 1994), the theme of Snow White can be concluded as “ignorance”, with the evidence between lines. In the following paragraph, analysis of plot and characters will be focused on its ignorance, and therefore, be reflected to our daily lives. Ignorance are the symbols of the characters in Snow White.
Felix Cole English 10 H Monica Espinasse Barbed Words Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet evokes a world where a nation can be seen as a diseased body and language can be used as a lethal weapon. Madness, defined in the dictionary as, “engaging in actions that are senseless or foolish”, is an issue that multiple characters deal with throughout the play. Many would say that Hamlet’s actions are very irrational, but everything he says and does eventually helps him achieve his desires. Despite how things seem Hamlet is an intelligent character who ultimately is in his right mind. The death of one’s father and a ghostly visitation thereafter are events that would challenge the sanity of anyone.
Maya Bishop Ms. J. Yurick ENG 4U November 6, 2012 Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Appearance versus Reality In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet gradually uncovers the truth about his father’s recent murder. The difference between what seems to be and what actually is, forms the theme of appearance versus reality. Things within the play appear to be true and honest but in reality are infested with lies and ulterior motives. Many of the characters hide behind a mask of falseness. Hamlet, Claudius, and Gertrude all put up a facade in an attempt to get what they want, and these characters play their roles behind a veil of duplicity.
A short essay cannot investigate all instances of this occurrence in all works of the author, but could provide the reader with the major categories. This way, deception will become more recognizable and appreciated as a major element and a spine of the particular story. In two of the most famous Shakespeare’s plays where deception appears as a building block of the story are Hamlet and Othello. In Hamlet the prince uses deception as a tool to distract attention and hide better his strange but vital moves and activities necessary to gather enough information regarding Claudius. The deception comes in the form of fake madness.
This plan backfires though, because his family and friends bend over backwards to find the cause of his madness. Every main character in Hamlet seems to have their own conjectures as to why Hamlet is acting so out of character. One obvious reason is the mourning of his father's death. In addition to this, though, they all have personal ideas of varying merit. Claudius thinks that Hamlet has some kind of secret cause for the sudden change in his personality.
Appearance Vs. Reality At any given stage in a human’s life; one must lie, deceive, or simply hide emotions to further themselves toward a goal or protect an individual’s interests. Hamlet, a tragedy by William Shakespeare is by no means different, except for the fact that every lie and underlying truth is multiplied in severity tenfold. Virtually every central character in the play is guilty of this act on one or more occasions. This is simple to see at times, however the audience is often found questioning to themselves if aspects of the play are in fact truth in Hamlet’s universe or if they just appear that way.
The readers themselves want to be magical, want to be just like Harry (the main character). The story Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone also has universal appeal and is quite relatable. The themes it contains, such as love, death, faith, and friendship never get old. “The reason Voldemort could not touch, could not harm you, Harry, is because of the sacrifice your mother made on the night she died. It’s because of her love.” (Dumbledore, page 259.)
In the classic, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, controversy meets corruption. The revenge play is based in Denmark, specifically the Elsinore Castle, where it dramatizes the revenge plot created by Prince Hamlet onto his Uncle Claudius for pouring poison down King Hamlet’s ear while sleeping. Throughout the play, the main characters, Hamlet and Claudius are viewed for everything they must stand for, both showing the potential to be good and evil. Despite the characteristics of good and evil in both characters, good is only perceived in Hamlet, and evil is only seen in Claudius. Hamlet and Claudius contradict one another in a variety of ways making them enemies throughout the play.
187-8.) This pretense of madness Shakespeare borrowed from the earlier versions of the story. The fact that he has made it appear like real madness to many critics today only goes to show the wideness of his knowledge and the greatness of his dramatic skill. In the play the only persons who regard Hamlet as really mad are the king and his henchmen, and even these are troubled with many doubts. Polonius is the first to declare him mad, and he thinks it is because Ophelia has repelled his love.
Hamlet’s Indecisiveness Shakespeare wrote Hamlet and created his character as someone who would lead to his own tragic death. He had many flaws that lead to his eventual death, however there was one that he should have been able overcome. He could over come his indecisiveness, most people would be able to overcome it in their lives but Hamlet could not. In the play, Hamlet is supposed to be portrayed as brave and intelligent but looking deep into the play it is seen that Hamlet is more of a coward and an indecisive man through out most of the play. Hamlet doesn’t know what he is doing in his life because he can’t act upon his father’s murder.