It is communicated well that Don Pedro is a generous and temperate kind of nobleman. Don John is supposed to be in constant conflict with him. We are meant to watch him plot deviant plans for revenge and constantly offer a foul disposition among the happy couples. While the film does show Don John as an antagonist, he is not truly portrayed as the snake-like villain Shakespeare means him to be. While the lack of convincing manipulation and plotting does not necessarily take away from the story line of the film, it does create less of an emphasis on the relationship between the two brothers.
After the audience becomes aware of this, and Edmund’s duplicitous plotting, the audience loses all sympathy for the main antagonist of the subplot in King Lear. The loyal, earnest Edmund presented to Gloucester and Kent in Act 1 Scene 1 is a stark contrast to the scheming, bitter Edmund seen alone for the first time in the beginning of Act 1 Scene 2. His first soliloquy begins with Edmund asking why he should not take it upon himself to better his societal standing. The only things standing in his way are societal conventions and complicated laws. He has faith that, with masterful planning, he can overcome the barriers society has set up for him, and take what he believes to be rightfully his: land, money, and power.
Young men’s love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes” (II.iii.66-68). Despite these misgivings, Friar Lawrence chooses to marry Romeo and Juliet for his own pride and selfishness, because this marriage may be the ending of a feud between two families. In addition, Romeo and Juliet entrust in Friar Lawrence as a confidant, because he is a figure that is believed to be wise and generous. The lives of the two unstable teenagers are put into the hands of the Friar. Unfortunately, instead being supportive of them and encouraging them to disclose their relationship to each other’s families, he gives into the teenagers’ rash desires of eloping.
Friar Lawrence has a cowardly streak that doesn't suit his character; he means no harm but may end up doing some. The part of the play that makes me think of Friar Lawrence as a good person is when the Friar marries Romeo and Juliet while knowing it could end very badly resulting in his own death. I see this as a very courageous act, trying to join the houses of the Capuletes and the Montagues. I think that the name Friar Lawrence gives a good indication that his vocation is that of a Friar.
The ‘love’ he has in ‘doing good’ is evident as he helps Claudio in redeeming his life, by helping Isabella, and those who are in distress. The Duke’s model is a desirable characteristic with understanding principles. He shows that he is dedicated to his people, loyal but humble. He ‘loves the people’ but does not like the ‘stage’. This is associated to Shakespeare relating the Duke to James I.
However, my grandma and Reverend Hale have a major flaw; they are vulnerable and easily manipulated. Reverend Hale's zeal and pride for discovering witchcraft in Salem allows others, particularly Abigail and Betty Parris, to manipulate him. Although Hale remains determined not to declare witchcraft unless he can prove it, the expectations of the people of Salem, for example Giles Corey and John Proctor, sweep him up. The two following quotes show how Hale's pride and zeal allow him to get carried away. John Proctor says," I've heard you be a sensible man, Mr. Hale.
Explore the ways in which Banquo is presented in this scene and elsewhere in Shakespeare’s play, and in the performed versions. The character of Banquo is of important to Macbeth because not only is he a close friend of the central character but he also represents the perfect contrast to Macbeths ambitious and ultimately evil path to the throne. Although his part is small in the sense he is dead by act three, he cannot be dismissed because he represents all that is intrinsically good in comparison to Macbeth who is ultimately evil. The function of act 2 scene 1 is to highlight or emphasise the contrast between these two characters, this is significant because it shows the difference between the two characters reactions to the weird sisters and their prophecies. Although the play has been recreated on both stage and screen hundreds of times in both Polanski and Ghoold productions the characters can be portrayed differently.
By gaining knowledge and understanding about the social situations that existed in the times of Shakespeare and that of the real Macbeth, you are providing yourself with an advantage, which entitles you to a deeper understanding of the metaphors and meanings in the play. “Macbeth” is often considered a cautionary tale; a once innocent and honourable man driven to kill his own king for the sake of power and greed then pushed to madness after his guilt overcomes him. By researching and taking into account the social realities of those times, we realise that an underlying message of the play is that the need to gain power through violence is not necessary but is a hard thing to stop once started. By understanding the philosophical situations and beliefs that existed in the times of Shakespeare and of Macbeth we know that the play itself is a metaphor; that choices have consequences and that its not always easy to live with those consequences. ‘The Great Chain of Being’ plays a powerful part in the story and having an understanding about the chain, where everyone has a specific rank, which God bestows upon him or her, and to try and change your position was considered a crime against God.
This shows us that Scrooge has a threatening presence so people would try and avoid him. People don’t want to acknowledge someone as cold and emotionless as he is. At the beginning of the play ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ Shakespeare portrays Benedick as the love interest in the play. When we first meet Benedick, he’s not predominantly distinguished for anything other than his sharp wit. Benedick loves to be in charge and even informs Don Pedro about the words he should speak when he is courting Hero on
Sonnet 138, William Shakespeare At first read, I felt the sonnet to be simply about sweet, innocent love. The mistress knows the man is old, but lies to him and he kindly accepts the lie/compliment as it makes him feel good. They each know the real truth, but it makes their relationship work and no matter what outsiders think, or what the real truth is, her love for him, regardless of age, is all that matters However, upon further investigation and several re reads, it seems Shakespeare is telling a story of mutual hypocrisy, and acceptance of both the mistress’ and the man’s faults , purely to fulfill basic sexual needs. The puns used in the first two lines "When my love swears that she is made of truth, / I do believe her, though I know she lies” hints that the man accepts his mistress is not pure and honest. “Simply I credit her false-speaking tongue, / On both sides thus is simple truth supress’d” The use of ‘on both sides’ indicate that both the mistress and the man are lying to each other, but accept, or ‘suppress’ each others flaws to pursue the physical relationship.