Shakespeare chose to water down the character of Desdemona while Ann-Marie McDonald enlightened us on parts of Desdemona’s character that we may have not of picked up on in the original play Othello. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) gives us insight on Desdemona and how she is a stronger and more capable character than we perceive her to be at first. Desdemona is never given enough credit for how strong of a character she really is. In Othello right from the beginning, we see how Desdemona is defiant because she goes behind her own fathers back to marry Othello. She knew she wanted to be with Othello and so she decided to do whatever she could to have her way.
That instant when I’d turn’d into a hart; And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds, E’er since pursue me.” (Act 1, Scene 1 – pg. 9) In this quote, it is evident that at the beginning of this play, Orsino is very much in love with Olivia. Since it is a Shakespeare play, this love does not last throughout the rest of the play. Although, for the meantime he wants to get his feelings out to Olivia so he does so through Viola/Cesario. Because of this, they spend time together and Viola quickly falls in love with Orsino.
In “Hamlet,” Ophelia’s introduction to the audience provides the foundation for her role throughout the rest of the play. This is in Act I, scene iii, when she is receiving the advice of her brother, Laertes, and her father, Polonius. In the case with Laertes, he cautions Ophelia against falling in love with Hamlet, who is, according to Laertes, too far above her by birth to be able to love her honorably. Since Hamlet is responsible not only for his own feelings but for his position in the state, it may be impossible for him to marry her. At this point, this is just simple advice.
Omar Mason Donna Paparella English 220 March 18, 2013 Hamlet's Forbidden Love Shakespeare's Hamlet has been interpreted in various ways in order to explain the actions of the protagonist, Prince Hamlet. A controversial interpretation of Hamlet's behavior is the Oedipus theory, introduced by Sigmund Freud. The Oedipus complex is when a son has feelings of desire for his mother, and jealousy or anger towards his father. This is evident through language and diction Shakespeare uses in act three scene four, while Hamlet speaks with his mother. During the conversation with his mother, Gertrude, Hamlet is focusing more on his mother's sex life rather than avenging his father's death.
King Duncan calls her ‘‘our honoured hostess’’, she is loving to her husband and wants the best for him. Lady Macbeth is highly determined for Macbeth to be king. This will benefit her and Macbeth equally. She is immediately concludes that ‘The fastest way ‘for Macbeth to become king is by murdering King Duncan. Lady Macbeth’s immediate thoughts make her appear irreligiously cold but that changes throughout the play.
Beatrice is the representation of a modern woman who breaks free from the social norms, which preferred quiet and subdued women, only to be seen and not to be heard, like her cousin Hero. Beatrice is a strong character, she is witty, sometimes scornful, bold, sarcastic and amidst all this- emotional. She professes a stubborn malignity towards the opposite sex but also posseses a lurking fascination for her ‘enemy – Benedick. When we are introduced to Beatrice, we see her as the great lady, bright, brilliant, beautiful, enforcing admiration as she moves among fine ladies and accomplished gallants of her circle. She has a quick eye to see what is weak or ridiculous in man or woman.
The Shakespearean lover can be seen in many of Shakespeare’s plays in many different forms. However while the forms may be different the role of the lover is still easily recognisable. In the excerpt from Shakespeare’s Richard III Richard of Gloucester can be seen playing the role of the lover in his speech to Queen Elizabeth, as he attempts to persuade her to be his ally in securing her daughter, Elizabeth, as his future wife. In the excerpt from the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream the role of the lover is played very differently by Hermia and Lysander, who plan to elope, the only way to get around the obstacles that their love is facing. These two excerpts from the plays, while both recognisably depicting the Shakespearean lover, are doing so in very different forms, with language and theatrical issues creating different forms of ‘the lover.’ Several distinctions between Richard’s exchange with Queen Elizabeth and Hermia and Lysander’s conversation easily highlight the differences between the Shakespearian lovers.
Hamlet writes to Ophelia, reminding Ophelia that he is strongly in love for her. Hamlet writes: “Doubt thou the stars are fire; / Doubt that the sun doth move; / Doubt truth to be a liar; / But never doubt I love (2.2.122-125). He is telling her not to believe in anything but him. This also reveals his true love for Ophelia. Thirdly in Act 3, Hamlet continues to express his
How does Shakespeare’s portrayal of Emilia affect the response of the audience to the final act of ‘Othello’? Shakespeare’s Othello shows the downfall of the eponymous hero: a downfall which is the consequence of his trust in a friend and a sexual jealously which has its roots in insecurity. Emilia is a minor character in the play yet it is she who makes a major contribution, apparently unconsciously, to Othello’s fall. The two characters seem to follow opposite paths in the play. Emilia is strictly controlled by her husband Iago but at the end of the play she cannot be silenced and she earns the audience’s admiration.
Because Romeo and Juliet are on opposite sides of a family feud, their families would oppose their love. Contrasting pairs of light and dark aid Romeo and Juliet by assisting the reader in understanding the characters. Many of Romeo's lines describe him, and how he views Juliet; for example, during the balcony scene Romeo expresses his adoration for Juliet: “It is the East, and Juliet is the sun. / Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious