Choices affect life style. What is the purpose of Macbeth? In both Macbeth and Great Expectations, we are presented with a character whose choices shape the plot and direction of the story. In Macbeth, it can be argued that Shakespeare uses Macbeth’s choices in order to deliver a moral lesson – that crime does not pay. It can be suggested that Shakespeare presents this character in a negative light throughout the play in order to have the audience view his choices and actions negatively too.
A public persona is the image that one presents to the exterior world whilst a private persona is the individuals behaviour in the interiors of their life. Shakespeare uses ‘Henry IV Part 1’ to display the connections between the private and public identities of an individual and how they correlate with one another. The play is particularly focused on displaying the false perceptions of personality, the effects of public affairs on private relationships and on the requirement of various personalities in the craft of kingship. The personality that an individual puts out to the public may not be an authentic illustration of their nature. Shakespeare utilises ‘Henry IV Part 1’ to demonstrate that how you initially perceive an individual may not be a true representation of their character.
Shakespeare and Marlowe use trickery and deception to present their characters with certain qualities. Prospero is presented as powerful and vengeful at the beginning by conjuring the tempest using magic to trick the characters on board. Throughout the play he becomes wiser and leans the values of forgiveness of those who have deceived him. Faustus is a character that is put in the position of power and doesn’t use it for valid purposes. He’s useless tricks display vanity and indicate his wastefulness to the audience.
What are the types of tension evident in the play? Was the director successful in his manipulation of tension to create dramatic meaning? Use examples from the production and script to justify each statement. Space & Place: Define the elements of drama space and place. How have they been used in the production?
In his essay, “The Guilt of Oedipus,” P. H. Vellacott explains how knowledge is what many readers have been using to analyze the difficulties in the play “which may after all be insoluble” (207). Vellacott sought to deal with some of these difficulties in the play. While many seem to create their own theories, the three main theories people believe that cause Oedipus’s downfall are hamartia, fate, and free will. People believe that hamartia is the main cause of Oedipus’s downfall because he created some type of mistake or error for himself. Others argue that free will, which has the capability to act at one’s own judgment, is the main cause of Oedipus’s downfall.
For example in the play Macbeth we are aware of Macbeth’s inner conflict which results in us (the audience) to sympathise with him. In contrast doesn’t give us an insight into Napoleon’s inner thoughts which in turn makes it harder for us to relate to his character. Each of the texts use this technique to demonstrate an explanation on the social-historical context of the time.
The Foils of Hamlet A minor character, who serves as a comparison to the main character, is a literary foil. For a character to be a foil, they must have things in common with the main character, in order to make differences more apparent. A foil could simply be another character for the protagonist to talk to, in order for the readers to better understand the thoughts and feelings of the main character. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, nearly every character serves as a foil to the main character, Hamlet. Shakespeare characterizes Laertes and Fortinbras in certain ways that draws attention to Hamlet’s indecisive character, making them the two major foils to Hamlet.
How does Shakespeare’s portrayal of King Richard III highlight the greed of absolute power and the role of language in manipulation? The portrayal of King Richard by William Shakespeare accentuates the greed of absolute power and the role of language in manipulation. Mindful of his purpose, audience and contemporary context, Shakespeare employs a number of textural features/techniques and incorporates them within the text. This piece certainly displays Shakespeare’s intentions to win the favour of Queen Elizabeth, as well as his ambition to draw the attention of his audience to the concept of karma. The image Shakespeare has created for King Richard through his play, explores the greed of supreme power, specifically that of the Yorks.
The key phrase in this sentence is “Fair is foul” as it tells us that Shakespeare is already influencing us to see things differently and allowing us to see a different aspect of what can be classed as “fair” or “foul”. Furthermore, the contrast of these two powerful words can also mean that Shakespeare is creating a sense of duality in the play. This could mean that the whole theme of the play is fundamentally built on contrast, duality and comparison. Shakespeare shows duality in the play through the characters, their character and their intentions and the means they use to achieve their goals. Shakespeare created, in the play, the feeling that the appearances of the characters were deceptive, this is shown in the sheer transformation of seemingly good characters into paranoid, fearsome killers.