“The Pumpkin Eater” By Alexi Kondylas The short story "The Pumpkin Eater" by Isabelle Carmody is a coming-of-age rite of passage and an allegory. Events in the narrative show quest conventions that are common throughout history. Like with; traditional gender roles are restrictive, beauty can cause unhappiness for women, and that love and marriage trap women. The quest short narrative have conventions that assist the exploration of ideas with the quest - the journey and prize. At the beginning of the story, the protagonist (princess) thought that having true happiness meant finding a man/prince to sweep her off of her feet/ to instantly fall in love , and take her away from her castle/home.
The play Midsummer’s Night Dream is no exception. There are several secretive characters that change mortals’ fates. The 3 main characters that symbolizes godly beings that change the mortal’s fate: Titania the Queen of the fairies, Oberon the King of the fairies, and mischievous Puck. Shakespeare enjoys using characters that are supernatural, for example in Macbeth, he chose the 3 witches to act our as ‘fate’ while in Midsummer’s Night Dream, there are the fairies. They are both imaginary figures which might be the reason why they are given the power to modify human’s fate and lifestyle.
Othello says to her “It gives me wonder great as my content to see you here before me. O my soul’s joy!” (2.1.199-200). These beautiful and loving words are soon changed to hostility and rage with the thought of Desdemona’s betrayal. Both Desdemona and Hero are accused of being unfaithful through presented “ocular proof”, they are both disgraced by the leading male role, and they are young and inexperienced in the ways of love and both women are extremely forgiving after they have been mistreated by their suitors. Much Ado about Nothing was written by William Shakespeare as a comedy, but it could have very well been turned into a tragedy comparable to Othello.
Reckless Decisions In William Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the Capulet and the Montague families create a boundary between the love of Romeo and Juliet. Throughout the play, the audience believes that the couple are “star-crossed lovers,” or that fate destined them to be together. However, is this true? Rather than fate having ultimate control, one is able to make accurate decisions for themselves to control the events that will happen. It might have all been a coincidence.
They may reason that it was “love at first sight” but seeking the pleasure of relentless hunting for ‘young, unrequited love’ and incorporating the adrenaline of rebellion can distinguish that many of the decisions made by Romeo and Juliet could be caused by the level of their maturity and the basis of their contradicting personalities. One literary criticism signified that, “Such widely shared sentiments encourage us to reward the play more as lyric triumph than tragedy and, unfortunately, fail to do justice to its psychological and cultural complexity. Rather than presenting us with an uplifting "marriage of two minds" and mutual self-sacrifice, as these readings imply, Romeo and Juliet illustrate radically different perceptions toward each other and the world, differences that become more evident to us as the play goes on, particularly as we note the disparity between their dying speeches.” (McKim) Another Literary Criticism supporting the concept of
(629). The doves once again come to Ashputtle’s aid but in the end the stepmother breaks her promise and Ashputtle is not allowed to go. (629). Once everyone leaves to the wedding, she goes and weeps at her mother’s grave. There, Ashputtle asks the hazel tree for a dress, “to throw her down silver and gold”.
Early on in the play (Act 2 Scene 3) the audience enjoys the jovial atmosphere alongside the characters until Malvolio abruptly ruins the mood. “Have you no wit, manners, nor honesty, but to gabble like tinkers at this time of night?” Malvolio seems to relish scolding Sir Toby and the others as he includes the simile “gabble like tinkers” which proves he has taken the time to select the right words to insult them with. The audience dislikes him for disrupting the fun of the scene whilst it provides a specific motive for the conspirators to plot his deception. Shakespeare uses one detail about Malvolio to instantly turn the audience against him: Malvolio is a puritan. At the time the play was written, puritans were not popular with the general public because of their miserable rules against most forms of entertaintment.
‘Is Così more about love than madness?’ Sarah Smith Louis Nowra’s play Cosi focuses deeply on the madness of each character, what makes them mad, how they are truly insane, but throughout this play we unfold a side to each of them that shows the audience how much love is incorporated in their lives. It may not be the typical type of love as in love for another person, but it just may be the love they have to something they care about in Roy’s case the theatre and performing, In Cherry’s case it was love at first sight between her a Lewis and for some it is definitely the love that each shares with another person. Cosi is beyond doubt about more than love than madness. Roy seems to be the over the top, dramatic, mad man that he is. But through madness
is laid upon your hate That heaven finds means to kills yours joys with love” (V, iii, 291-293) “For there never was a story of more woe, then this of Juliet and her Romeo” (V, iii, 309-310) Tragedy- Reinforced by the death of Mercutio as it is seen by Levin as quite an ironic end, as he has been the satirist- “represents the play moving from Romantic comedy to Romantic tragedy.” Comparing Comedy & Tragedy- Tragedy tends to isolate where comedy bring together, to reveal the uniqueness of individuals rather than what they have in common with others. Examples have been shown with the progression of Juliet whom begun in tragic settings as an only child mother “But one, poor one, one poor, and loving child” (IV, v. 46) whilst Romeo friar reflects on then as “two in one” (II.iv.37) yet again when taking the potion “my dismal scene I needs must act alone.” (IV.iii. 19) reflected in the setting of each of them dying
“Romeo and Juliet” is considered by many one of the greatest love stories to have ever been written. However, the tale is not one of love but a story of a young girl whose whims led her to be manipulated by a boy who was seeking out sex. The scene where Romeo and Juliet first meet demonstrates how fickle their infatuation is. The story begins with Romeo wailing over his lost love Rosaline, saying “And, in strong proof of chastity well-armed, from love’s weak childish bow, she lives uncharmed.” He continues his outburst by saying how useless Rosaline is if she is not willing to sleep with him. Benvoilo feels sympathy for the young brokenhearted man and encourages him to go to the Capulet’s party so he will forget the girl.