Thus, telling him that he is low in status and dishonourable is quite striking to Brutus due to being a righteous soldier and Shakespeare is possibly using this as a way to get him to listen to what Cassius has to say in order to break these weak titles. Thus, this entire quote is hinting that if he doesn’t do anything about Caesar’s power, he will be a dishonourable man of Rome, the country will be controlled by ‘one man’ and he will remain helpless. This
The short terse sentences along various repetitions and imperatives serve to denote calamity in the ship. Perhaps the tempest is a double entendre, both representing the current ship of state in Jacobean England, but further contextual reading appropriates more directly to James the 1st and his own encounter with a storm from on his voyage from Denmark to Scotland. Shakespeare’s use of polysemy comes into play when addressing the tempest, the pun in ‘roarers’ is apparent as he is both addressing the waves and the garrulous nobles, questioning their value on the ship as well as metaphorically belittling the king and his futility on the ship at its current state. Contextual information can again draw a parallel the gunpowder plot in 1605, Shakespeare’s allegorical use of the ship in its turmoil
In his soliloquy in Act 2 Scene 2 Line 380 he’s especially brutal towards Desdemona in his plans showing no shame what so ever. Othello exhibits a part of humans that is able to be tempted and deceived. While a good man at the start, Shakespeare uses this as a template to bring out the green-eyed monster of jealousy in Othello, as an attempt to highlight that quality in each of us. The dream speech in Act 3 Scene 3 Line 466 is where we see Iago makes this happen. As Iago ends Act 1 with his soliloquy, we become sure that dishonesty is one of his most revered qualities.
Saying that he wasn’t praising Caesar also appeals to the audience because right now, they are hating Caesar. During the speech, he uses rhetorical irony, and attacks the ethos of Brutus. He constantly and sarcastically repeats that Brutus is an “honorable man”, after he puts Caesar’s image up each time. This key strategy makes the people question Brutus’s honor and character. Pathos is the appeal to the emotion, and is the most often used rhetorical strategy in both Brutus’s and Antony’s speech.
He has the reputation of a no nonsense military general and this is seen right from the beginning of the Shakespearean play. The following extract is from Act I, Scene II and is said when Othello first enters on stage and is of him talking to Iago about how he believes his services in the army and his reputation he has gained from his career; “let him do his spite: My services which i have done the signory, shall out tongue his complaints.” This status in fact partly causes Desdemona's death. He becomes so distraught when he hears from Iago that Cassio and Desdemona and cheating on
Macbeth then begins to ponder the power of fate. However at the same time, Banquo understands the role that free will plays when he quotes I. iii. 158-160 “New honors came upon him,/ Like ouir strange garments, cleave not/ to their mold/ But with the aid of use.” I. ii. 8-12 “And fortune, on his damned quarrel smiling/ Showed like a rebel’s whore, but all’s too weak:/ For brave Macbeth-- well he deserves that name--/ Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel,/ Which smoked with bloody executions,” A bleeding captain returns from the battlefield and describes to Duncan and Malcolm the victory of Macbeth
Wrath is defined as a strong vengeful anger or indignation (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Iago displays most of the wrath in this dram against Othello. Iago’s plan for revenge against Othello doesn’t seem justified, in fact, he’s reasoning for this revenge seems very petty. Iago’s anger begins with Cassio’s promotion to Lieutenant for which he sees as a slap in the face. Iago states, “That never set a squadron in the field, Nor the division of a battle knows” (Shakespeare 959), he feels that he has the most experience and should have received the title of Lieutenant.
While Pangloss constantly reminds Candide that he lives in “the best of all possibly worlds,” Voltaire really means quite the contrary. He is trying to display how much human pain goes unnoticed despite the fact that it is all around us. This may seem like a backward approach, but Voltaire forces the reader to question monarchial authority on their own. As far as inconsistency goes, the monarchs seem to pity themselves. Voltaire mocks that idea and tries to highlight the suffering of the people as a greater importance.
A detailed analysis of the dramatic contribution that Friar Lawrence makes to William Shakespeare’s tragic love story ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Ben Jonson once claimed that William Shakespeare (1564-1616) “wanted art” (lacked skill) and this viewpoint can be instantly refuted by the manner in which Shakespeare handles the role of Friar Lawrence in ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The conventional love play, featuring characters who are supposedly doomed from the start and whose “outcome is destined to be lose-lose” (Pam Marshall), can be viewed as a simple story with an outcome which will move the Elizabethan audience. However, Shakespeare can be seen to challenge the ideas of fate, belief through the character of Friar Lawrence and the themes of light and darkness. In this essay, I will look at the role of Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet – in particular, the eventual tragic deaths of the “star-crossed” lovers – and the manner in which Shakespeare uses Friar Lawrence as a means to challenge ideas of fate and light/darkness through his use of language, imagery and metaphor.
Shakespeare's Presentation of Othello as Responsible for his Own Downfall Shakespeare’s Othello consists of the themes betrayal, love and dishonesty. At the centre of this play is the tragic downfall of Othello at the hands of his so called friend Iago. In this essay I will be discussing the reasons for and against Othello being responsible for his downfall through looking at critical interpretations of his character and actions. In some ways you could say that Othello was highly responsible for his own downfall as he was easily manipulated by Iago showing him to be gullible and naïve. Iago manipulates Othello by making him suspicious through inference, “Ha I like not that”.