In act 1,scene 7 Shakespeare’s original play, one of the reasons for which Macbeth decides not to kill Duncan is that he is so fair in his dealings as he says “Besides, this Duncan Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been So clear in his great office, that his virtues Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued against The deep damnation of his taking-off.” Hence he is not only respected because he is a king but also due to his nobility. In fact, this is his nobility and innocence that causes Macbeth to repent after murdering him. If he was not a good person the ending of Shakespeare would have been totally different. In Geoffrey wright’s version he is a criminal, and not a respectable person at all. So when he is murdered audience is not appealed because it is common among criminals.
He is a foul man made of no moral fiber, and even less ambition yet he serves a a driving force through the plot of The First Part of Henry IV; creating adventure, conflict, character foils, and comedic relief. Despite his self-serving and gluttonous ways the audience, consonantly to Prince Hal, forms a bond with the fallen knight and “Lord of Misrule.” While he shares similarities with many of the main characters, Sir John Falstaff also serves as a foil to some of the most important characters we see in The First Part of Henry IV, highlighting the good in all of those around him as well as the showing the parallels between court-life and common-life. Falstaff is a perfect opposite to King Henry in that he serves as a representation of the commons while King Henry represents the perfectly ordered and rule governed court. Shakespeare's commoners, like Falstaff, spend their time gallivanting between taverns in search of prostitutes and ale while the court spends their days enlightening themselves and behaving in a way that is morally and socially acceptable. However, differences aside, the two both play paternal roles in the life of the young Prince Hal.
Hamlet and Claudius contradict one another in a variety of ways making them enemies throughout the play. Prince Hamlet is perceived as the protagonist in the play for many reasons, one of them being because he displays an elegant intensity in everything he does, making him very amiable to the audience. When Hamlet is truly indecisive, brutal, revengeful, and hateful. When Hamlet speaks to others, his words are thought out to be hurtful to whomever he is speaking to. “You should not have believ'd me, for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it.
The protagonist of Shakespeare’s Richard 111 incontrovertibly commits acts of evil throughout the play: the deaths of Clarence, Hastings, Rivers, and of course the -Princes. However, to judge Richard simply as a villain ignores the full complications of his character and the implications of the society in his actions. Richard lives in a time of moral anarchy and social upheaval; the war of the roses causes Richard to grow up in a world where morals and conscience are cast aside for wealth and power. Other than the greed Richard has for, and the enjoyment that Richard gets from chasing the throne, Richard’s main reason for the throne is because he cannot “play the lover”, and this is born so much from his deformity as the society around him. Ultimately it cannot be said that Richard is not a villain, but it would be ignorant and indeed naïve to suggest that his rise and fall were explicitly of his own inherently evil fashioning.
I will not say that Hamlet is totally not crazy in this play. After the death of Hamlet’s father, there are many occurrences that shaking Hamlet’s mentality. In the play, Hamlet is pretending to be crazy because he want to revenge his uncle, King Claudius. To show that my answer to this question is right, I will explain my reasons why I am really sure that Hamlet is not crazy and I will give the evidences to support my arguments. The first, someone will be called as crazy man if he has mental instability.
Benvolio’s name can come from the word benevolent which means kind and helpful, this reflects his character as he was naïve and was a peacemaker. Initially Mercutio is introduced before the party (which the Capulet have given) although, they are not invited they still go, the audience understand his views on love and how he portrays it as. He thinks love is a challenge and he sees this through Romeo’s experience ‘prick love for pricking, and you beat love down’ he knows that by loving someone it does not always benefit, this may also show why his belief in love isn’t strong and he knows love isn’t always supportive therefore he’s suggesting ‘prick love’ so it isn’t too hard on Romeo. He’s worried about Romeo, therefore takes him to the party ‘Nay gentle Romeo we must have you dance’ Mercutio understands the fact that he’s in depression, as the one Romeo likes does not like him back, therefore he persuades him to come to the
There is a fine line between making fun of or mocking an individual with a mental disability and actually truthfully acting out how someone is with a real disability. Again, Hoffman does this very well and does not make the viewer feel as if he is making fun of anyone at all. Tom Cruise also plays his role very well, showing almost no remorse or sympathy towards his brother, Raymond, when they first meet. It takes a certain type of person to be able to act that out completely and make it believable. The entire topic of the movie is a very sensitive one, so Cruise was exceptional in making the viewer believe that he truly just wanted to get his half of the money from Raymond, and not build a relationship with him.
Appearance and reality are juxtaposed throughout the play as the characters hide their malignant intentions behind false behaviors. As Hamlet works towards a solution, he must learn that the honest and good facades people put out for the world to see are often darkened by evil intentions. Polonius is a character whose intentions appear pure and caring towards his own children and the royal family, but his real goal is to gain power in the royal court. The audience’s first impression of Polonius comes when he gives his son, Laertes, his blessing to go abroad and even gives him fatherly advice for the voyage. “to thine own self be true, / And it must follow, as the night the day, / Thou canst not then be false to any man.
In this essay I am going to talk about the different methods Shakespeare uses to allude to homoeroticism in As You Like It. I am going to focus on the friendship between Rosalind and Celia and the relationship between Ganymede and Orlando. The first method I am going to look at is the intimate relationship between Celia and Rosalind. At first it seems that they are just cousins and really good friends but the more you read between the lines it seems that their relationship may be a little more intimate that we first thought. Homoeroticism is different than heterosexuality in which there may be feelings of desire and longing between two members of the same sex but not necessarily the desire for sex acts.
These actions could have been avoided if Romeo and Juliet had not let illusionary love take a hold of them. Romeo is a handsome, intelligent, young man. He is not interested in the violence that takes place between the two families. Before the events of the play Romeo probably had a good chance at being something big. He was someone who saw that there was more to life then hatred.