William Shakespeare created stories with so much detail and commotion that he was able to get inside of his audience heads, almost always without their consent or knowledge. In Henry IV, one of the most recurring themes is honor. To demonstrate honor, I think of a strong moral character and adherence to ethics and principles, which encompasses a large amount of other characteristics and qualities that I will explore. Shakespeare’s writing ability allows us to explore the many facets of honor he had woven into the play. Throughout the play, different characters expose the audience to both positive and negative examples of honor through various scenarios.
From creating new words to inventing some of today's most commonly used phrases, William Shakespeare can easily be dubbed as the father of today's modern society. As one of the most prolific and notable authors of all time, Shakespeare has made a far bigger impact on the world than anyone could have ever imagined. Undoubtedly, Shakespeare's creativeness shines most predominantly in his contributions made to the English language. In the span of his career, he manages to create more than seventeen – hundred words. Some of these words are accommodation, control, gloomy, dishearten, and many, many more.
Lady Macbeth: Shakespeare’s Modern Day Medea Author and critic Judith Cook explains, “Lady Macbeth…has continued to intrigue and puzzle most commentators [and] critics over the centuries” (120). Lady Macbeth’s character is intriguing in that she is strong, persuasive, and committed, and Shakespeare understood the importance of presenting interesting characters. Former British professor Emrys Jones writes, “Much of Shakespeare’s power comes from his skill in choosing subjects that arouse interest and attention” (15). Shakespeare was a man who took what was popular at his time and adjusted those stories to create his works. In the case of Macbeth, critics have long recognized that Shakespeare borrowed extensively from Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1577).
Without Shakespeare, a conversation between friends may not be the same. The phrases that appear in everyday conversation such as, “break the ice” and “heart of gold” would not be at our disposal if it were not for the literary genius of Shakespeare. The website, http://www.pathguy.com/shakeswo.htm, contains an ample list of phrases and terms invented by Shakespeare. He coined countless terms, such as the much over-used “swag” and the always hilarious knock-knock joke. Many parts of the English language derived from the writings of Shakespeare.
In The Catcher in the Rye the main character Holden Caulfield displays a wide variety of interesting character traits that generations of readers have explored an attempted to figure out. The traits include lonesome, lying and fake. Some of my claims may not be very strong but they're well in their own roots. My job writing this essay is to prove to you that those are valid character traits and I'm going to do just that. So sit back and try to make sense of me making sense of a character that thousands of other English students have tried to make sense of.
‘The Tragedy of King Richard the 3rd’ was a revolutionary play of its time due to its appeal of all classes ranging from the noblest Queen to the street pheasant. King Richard also explores the concept of what it means to be evil; Pacino’s film reflects this giving an insight on the faces, motives and free will of Richard. Shakespeare’s integrity lies in his accessibility to an audience and his ability to explore values within his plays. King Richard is a man who presents copious ideological characteristics and also throws into confusion many traditional values set into the mindsets of the Elizabethan and post-Elizabethan peoples. The opening lines of the play have Richard speak directly to the audience in the form of a soliloquy ‘Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious by this son of York,’ this metaphor is a direct link to the character of Richard, a man who is discontent.
Alexander mention in his article that the only characters in the play who regard Hamlet as mad is the king and his henchman, even those were full of doubts and we can see this through the king speech when he ordered his henchman to go and talk with Hamlet and know from him why he puts on this confusion, this implies that the king understand Hamlet's strange behavior as feign and not real madness. Even Polonius; though he is the first person to declare that Hamlet is mad and has lost his mind, and the purpose of his madness is due to his love with Ophelia, yet he declares that Hamlet is clever by saying: "Thought he is mad, but there is method in it" (II.ii.203-4). This implies that Hamlet has purpose or plan for his madness; he assures that he is pretending. He ends his article by illustrating his point of view: There need no doubt, then that Hamlet's madness was really feigned.. . .
One way that teenagers and students relate to ‘The Taming of The Shrew’ is through the types of language that Shakespeare used when he wrote the play. Many teenagers consider the language to be beautiful and evocative. The language he uses can entice teenagers to read ‘The Taming of The Shrew’ not only is it beautiful but it is at its best when he uses it for insults, such as the countless times Petruchio and Kate argue, one very good quote is ‘Come, come, you wasp, i’faith you are too angry.’ ‘If I be waspish, best beware my sting’. Not only is he using good language but he is also letting the characters insulting each other as well. This is one main feature about ‘The Taming of The Shrew’ that teenagers would find the most amusing and entertaining about the play.
While a good majority of stories and plays concentrate on setting as the environment or location of their story, the setting of Romeo and Juliet shows important ideas and ways of life in Elizabethan times, while also backing up all of the most important ideas in the play. When analysing setting, the cultural environment is just important as the actual time and place. Shakespeare uses a number of Elizabethan beliefs in Romeo and Juliet. This is to help the audience relate to the storyline so they understand what is going on. For instance, fate is one of the most important cultural beliefs in Romeo and Juliet and to show this, the prologue tells the audience that Romeo and Juliet will take their own lives.
Although, some characters may be seen more often and some characters may be more important than others, we see robbery and rebellion in several different forms throughout Shakespeare’s work. In the beginning of the play we see rebellion almost immediately. King Henry is in the midst of a conversation with his close friend, Westmoreland, in the discussion he begins to talk about his son Harry: Year, there thout mak’st me sad, and mak’st me sin\In envy that my Lord Northumberland\Should be the father to so blest a son, A son who is the theme of honors tongue […] Whilst I, by looking on the praise of him,\See riot and dishonor stain the brown\Of my young Harry.” (I.i.77-85). The beginning of the play is shocking because the reader hasn’t learned much about Henry’s son. However, it is clear in this passage that Harry is rebelling against his father and dishonoring their name.