Prologue and Act One scene One. Romeo and Juliet Is a famous play written by Shakespeare. This is a well know play for the endless love between Rome and Juliet and how it is a tragic play of forbidden love because of an ancient grudge between both families , but in fact Shakespeare makes it clear that the play contains allot of conflict and it actually includes more violence than love. In the Prologue the audience is presented with a brief summary of the play. This informs the audience as it helps them decide whether the play is worth watching from the beginning.
For the first half of the play, the fool acts as Lear's window to knowledge. He displays blatant honesty, rightfully criticising Lear for his ill-advised deeds of giving away his land without proper consideration. “To give away thy land, come place him here by me. Do thou for him and stand, the sweet a bitter fool will presently appear. (1.4.125) He further criticises Lear by saying “all thy other title hath given away; that thou wast born with.” Despite being Lear’s servant, Lear listens to him; he recognises that he is one of the very few sources the king gains wisdom from.
How Does Shakespeare Show Us The Dangers Of Prejudice and Judging By Appearance In Act One and Two Of ‘The Merchant Of Venice’? Prejudice and the judgement of matters just by appearance are both regularly recurring themes throughout “The Merchant Of Venice,” by William Shakespeare. For the whole play, Shakespeare makes clear the potential dangers of many different forms of prejudice and premature judgement in what is obviously an important aspect to this text. In this essay, I will be trying to identify the dangers of this. There are several examples of prejudice that can be found in the book, somewhat seemingly more commonly used and allowed at the time this play was written.
Things that appear true and honest may be evil or deceitful in reality. Many of the characters within the play hide behind a mask of falseness: Ophelia, Polonius, and Hamlet. Ophelia tells her father of Hamlet. ``No, my good lord, but, as you did command, I did repel his fetters and denied``(I,ii,105-106). Ophelia was in love with Hamlet but she further reveals that due to Polonius’s orders, she has cut off all contact with Hamlet and has refused his letters.
This is also an early use of characterisation which lets the audience know that Macbeth’s character now has a spark of ambition in his mind. Furthermore, we notice that Macbeth generally speaks in “lambic ventonater” which elevates him above the commoner’s “prose”, thusly making, his conflict with himself more important. Through Shakespeare’s development of ambition, he can see how Macbeth is internally conflicted by these powerful thoughts and desires within his heart. Secondly, Gender within the play has been disturbed
English – How does Shakespeare explore ideas in Macbeth? Macbeth is and will forever remain Shakespeare’s most famous and celebrated tragedy. The play is much deeper than just a tragedy however, with Shakespeare subtly exploring several ideas and themes. His work provides prime examples of many structural and language techniques, including imagery, contrast, dialogue and symbolism. There were numerous ideas explored in the play, including those of ambition and power & authority.
The metaphor of love being a “heavy burden” is ironic because love should not feel so negative. This reveals how clueless Romeo is about love. It shows that he has little experience with relationships and it is lust making him feel this way. Physically, “heavy burden” could also show the audience how exposed and venerable his feelings actually are. On the other hand, when Romeo has met Juliet he begins to talk in religious metaphors rather than only talking about sorrow and regret.
Claudius and Gertrude’s love relationship is seen as incest by Hamlet, while Horatio and Hamlet’s friendship is a good friendship because Horatio is someone that Hamlet trust and can depend on for anything. Hamlet and Ophelia’s relationship is one that is not accepted by her family because Hamlet is from royalty and Ophelia is not and because of this Polonius warns Ophelia about Hamlet. To everyone it seems as if Hamlet is just using Ophelia for sexual pleasure and nothing more. “Tis told me he hath very oft late/ Given private time to you, and you yourself/ Have of your audience been most free and/ Bounteous. If it be so (as so’tis put on me, / And that in way of caution), I must tell you/ You do not understand yourself so clearly/ As it behooves my daughter and your honor.”(I, iii, 99-106) Even Ophelia’s brother and father warn her about Hamlet, and how he may be using her but she does not listen because she is in love with Hamlet and does not believe he would use her.
William Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1599-1601) has successfully continued to engage audiences through its dramatic treatments of soliloquies and asides. It has retained value as being worth critical study in both an Elizabethan and modern context – this may be said due to its mirroring of human nature in society, thereby depicting the thematic concepts of struggle and disillusionment. Shakespeare’s use of dramatic and language techniques, consisting of much great symbolism and metaphorical language, illustrates the dramatic irony and action of textual integrity in Hamlet. Thus these salient notions are achieved through Hamlet’s speech directed towards a society that reflects both an Elizabethan and modern contemporary context, whereby audiences reflect upon the depiction of humanity’s struggle in a disillusioned reality. In Hamlet’s third soliloquy, there are echoes of struggle and disillusionment which are illustrated as important concepts in dealing with Shakespearean language throughout the play of HAMLET.
Othello is often subject to slanderous comments and racial jeers. Despite his important rank and supposed position of authority, he is still spoken about using terms such as "thick lips" and "the Moor". It is primarily Iago who makes these comments, accentuating his hatred for Othello. Due to Othello's hubris, he takes little notice of the abuse at first, though once Iago's manipulation begins to take its toll, Othello begins to believe almost everything that Iago says - this including the racial slander. He then begins to look negatively upon his own race, stating "haply for I am black", accepting their abuse, and eventually getting out of his depth in Iago's pool of lies.