“Hamlet” by William Shakespeare has become an object of literary analysis until today since the very first publication of it. Hamlet’s hesitations over fulfilling the task of revenging on his father’s murderer that is assigned to him remains one of the most mysterious and controversial issues in Shakespeare’s play. Literacy critics gradually come to realize the psychoanalytical implications of Hamlet’s relationships with the world. Psychoanalytic theories and concepts have the possibility of helping readers’ understanding of Hamlet, his character and meaning. The application and reflection of Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theories in Hamlet’s character can be found in his works easily.
Throughout the play, different characters expose the audience to both positive and negative examples of honor through various scenarios. In his play. Henry IV, William Shakespeare used his characters and storyline to teach the audience lessons of honor and moral character. We are lead throughout the play mostly by Prince Hal, who has found himself at a serious crossroads in his life, as he debates the man he is and the man he will become. Whether he is conscious of it or not, Hal takes mental notes on characteristics that he likes and dislikes in the people he encounters.
Shakespeare did not plan on doing a tragedy novel, as others he have done, but to do humour. Love is then presented more informal, and assumptions need to be made, regarding some acts and dialogues that the authors do not develop in a more profound way. Sometimes, due to this fact, real love in the novel is questioned, as it not portraits all elements that the audience need for believing its true. The love of Hero and Claudio was said to be true love since the moment they saw each other. As the play showed they were
Since Iago is responding to an enquiry made by Othello here, it appears that he is merely answering to his superior, rather than manipulating his thoughts. Thus Shakespeare has effectively conveyed Iago's intelligence and opportunistic nature within these few moments early on in this scene, as the manipulative villain manages to take advantage of a situation, using it to further his cause. A feigned reluctance to speak is a persuasive technique frequently demonstrated by Shakespeare in Iago's behaviour throughout this scene. For instance in his reply to Othello's query about the reason behind Iago's curiosity, he states 'But for satisfaction of my thought. No further harm'.
Is Brutus the hero or villain of the play? To be precise, the question is not if Brutus was good or bad but rather is the place hero or villain better for him. It’s a mixed opinion but the majority of people will have to agree the Brutus is indeed the tragic hero of the play. Sure Mark Antony is the first obvious answer but Brutus has done things that even though might be unforgivable, if people were to closely examine his actions more carefully then indeed, Brutus is the hero of the play and this can be proven. Brutus is a loving character that over the play is well known by everybody and his love and caring trait is known through the following quote: “O, he sits high in all the people’s hearts; / and that which would appear offence in us, / his countenance, like richest alchemy, / will change to virtue and to worthiness.” (I, iii; 157-160) In this scene, Caska wants Brutus to be in the conspiracy as he complements him because Brutus was well known and definitely a great leader.
He commits murder and puts his entire kingdom in danger. Still, many of his evil acts are committed while he is under the influence of the Weird Sisters and Lady Macbeth, who are often considered to be the true villains of the play. At the end of the play, Macbeth realizes the evil he has committed and seems to feel sorrow for such. Because of this realization Macbeth is often viewed as a tragic hero, for tragic heroes almost always recognize the errors they have committed by the end of their stories and seek, in some manner, to atone for them. Macbeth is indeed a bit too complex to be categorised as a villain or a hero.
Brutus can easily be as one of the tragic heroes in the play Julius Caesar. Although Brutus was not only once a loyal friend of Caesar’s, but he was also one of the conspirators that murdered him. A large portion of the story was contributed to illustrating how conflicted Brutus was in making his decision to join the conspirators in their plot to murder
'The Fool is more important to the play than he may at first seem.' By considering the dramatic presentation of the Fool, evaluate this view. The Fool is more than just a jester who is present to provide some comic relief in the tragedy of King Lear; like many of Shakespeare’s fools, he is shown as a highly intelligent character who the audience likes not just for his entertainment, but his insightfulness. Therefore, he is central both to the plot, as he criticises and advises Lear, potentially setting his later clarity into the motion, and to the audience’s understanding of the characters in the play. The first impression most have of the Fool is that his presence serves as form of comic relief, in order to set a lighter tone to the play; however, because of this, his death is crucial to the bleak ending of the play.
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?
The exceptional range of The Bard’s works makes it difficult to define them and even a closer look at most of his plays will not expose things in black and white. Nevertheless, one of Shakespeare’s most admirable tragedies is fairly clear, but still, there is an ambivalent aspect to it, carried out by its main characters: a tragic hero and a villain in the same person; an apparently cruel woman that finishes being consumed by her own guilt. Their actions are truthfully appalling, but the audience may not help to feel compassionate by the afflicted state of their souls. All set in an atmosphere of darkness and darkness is probably the best word to talk about Macbeth, the last and perhaps the most obscure of the four “great tragedies” (KERMODE, 1997, p. 1355). But in order to understand the elements that make Macbeth, it is important to analyse the concepts of tragedy.