shakespeare Essay

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Exercise 3 As we read and understand the various plays written by Shakespeare we see the various styles he puts forth. Yet across the three plays we read so far we notice a parallel similarity in topics and styles. Many not very clear, yet they do make us wonder what was Shakespeare thinking while writing each of the plays? One of the first questions that jumped into my head after reading the plays was that of the importance and significance of religion in Shakespearean literature. The importance of the friars in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ seem to be the pillars and inspirations that devised plans and helped the lovers get together. They did this against all odds such as the enmity between the Capulet’s and the Montague’s, and between Don Pedro and Claudio and the village people. Through these contexts love is given a very spiritual, powerful, holy and pure aspect. But yet later on in ‘Merchant of Venice’, the slight anger towards Christianity is visible through Shylock, a Jewish moneylender. This heightens the value and weight of Christianity. I am assuming through this that many of the audience members were not only Christian but also were very much about their religion. The climax to every scene and the play is created by these symbols of religion. Was religion really that important to Shakespeare, or did he sell it through play? The next question is that as to how immature was the love in this age of eternality? As witnessed trough ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Romeo is just an immature and childish lover with nothing but infatuations. A teenager of barely fourteen years of age, he seeks Rosaline the girl he loves. But very soon, he experiences a new kind of love by gazing upon Juliet. How naive was the crowd, or was the immaturity of love what they asked for. The further the play goes the more childish like arrogant and immature steps are made

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