However, Shakespeare presents Benedick’s change in a more positive and light-hearted manner, whilst Macbeth’s change revolves around negativity and wrong-doing as the approach to each individual genre is different, where comedies are humorous and happy, whilst tragedies are gloomy and grief-stricken. INTRO: The opening scene of the play, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, is significant as Shakespeare introduces the genre of the play as a romantic comedy through the comic names given to Benedick and Beatrice by each other. Beatrice nicknames Benedick as “Signor Mountanto”, which uses sexual innuendo expressing their love hate relationship, created by the definition of the word ‘montanto’ (technical term for an upward thrust in fencing). This insulting, but hilarious comment would have only been understood by the Shakespearean audience. Opposing this, Benedick personifies disdain in the form of Beatrice, by calling her “Lady Disdain”, suggesting that she is in fact, the epitome of disdain or contempt.
When Romeo first appears, Shakespeare uses a variety of oxymorons to portray him as a confused Petrarchan lover. Amidst an infatuated speech describing his confusion as to the unrequited ‘love’ he feels for Rosaline, Romeo lists a number of nouns with contrasting adjectives, including ‘bright smoke’ and ‘cold fire’. Shakespeare’s use of oxymorons parallels what appears to be a completely unstable state of mind, to show the audience the level of pain which a romantic non-reciprocal lover feels. Despite this, it is clear that Shakespeare included this technique to divide audience members in their interpretation of Romeo’s speech. Many audience members could interpret this in a slightly mocking way, scorning at Romeo’s exaggerative behaviour and perceiving it to be somewhat sardonic humour.
In doing so, the function of the magical world will be identified, and by the finality of this essay the representations of magic and its construction of out-of-balance love will be understood. From the onset, Shakespeare precisely depicts the lovers as being out of balance, a theme which generates stress during the play. For symmetry’s sake, the audience desires the four lovers to be arranged into two couples; as an alternative, Lysander and Demetrius love Hermia, and Helena is left out. Hermia and Helena are therefore in opposite positions, increasing the feeling of fundamental imbalance. This imbalance is introduced and reinforced in Act I, Scene I, when Lysander says “The course of true love never did run smooth” (136).
It is evident that these differing values in Elizabethan and modern society are reflected in the character's relationships within each text. Inequality among genders is a theme that is conveyed in Shakespeare's play, ' The Taming of the Shrew.' In the play, the characters portray a comedic battle of the sexes where the tradition of marriage serves as the battleground. The men strive for marital harmony where the wife must conform to society's ideals of female obedience under male authority to achieve peace and love. This notion is best exemplified through Petruchio's 'taming' of Katherina.
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. “Perhaps he loves you now, / And now no soil nor cautel doth besmirch/ The virtue of his will; but you must fear, / His greatness weighed, his will is not his own,” (I, iii, 17-20). After finding out that Hamlet murder her father and left for England, Ophelia is shock and goes mad because she thinks Hamlet
Romeo and Juliet Essay Every person views love in a different way. At times, the way a person expresses their love depends on who they have the emotions for. In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Mercutio views love as a joke while Friar Laurence's idea of love is more passionate. Love is shown as a vulgar item when seen through Mercutio's view. “Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down.” (Act I Scene IV) Mercutio believes that love is only about being sexual to one's partner.
The speaker explains that, “This last will justify my soft complaint/While that may serve to lessen my constraint.” (l.5-6), implying that it is Clarinda’s masculinity that the speaker is in love with, which justifies her sexual attraction. The use of the word complaint here refers to a poem about unhappy love; a lament. Unlike with an individual who is anatomically male, the speaker seems to feel free to give into her desires with Clarinda. In fact, the theme of desire is prominent in this poem. Behn explores the question of desire, who wants what and why and what keeps them from it, and she explores this from feminine point of view.
Juliet is having an arranged marriage with Paris, but she does not want to marry him. She says, about Paris, "I’ll look to like if looking liking move. But no more deep will I endart mine eye Than your consent gives strength to make it fly" (1.3.103-105). Juliet is being logical, she does not agree because she is blinded by Paris' looks or money, she will not automatically love Paris; she will only try to like him first. Juliet also thinks that her love with Romeo came too fast and it was dangerous, she says, “Well, do not swear.
Beatrice expresses her acceptance of Benedick’s love but does not realize the love inside Beatrice exists artificially. Beatrice’s faith in her emotions leaves her vulnerable to any criticism of her love to Benedick. For instance, when Hero commands Margaret to fetch Beatrice, Hero and Ursula purposely allow Beatrice to listen to them to invoke a stronger attraction in Beatrice towards Benedick. Shakespeare allows the first sign of the theme deception to manifests itself within Hero and Ursula’s conversation. Shakespeare aims to project a very harsh form of deception here in order to emphasize the power of deception of love.
Pride and prejudice is a beautiful, semi-epistolary romance novel about the love and relationships in Regency Britain, set in a fictional town called Meryton in Hertfordshire. It also tells a story about how even the most perceptive people can quickly and wrongly judge people as proud or unloving, when in fact, they are just shy and unable to cope with difficulties. Most people think that there too much amatory and womanish themes, and it is a romance novel for ladies only. But I think this novel nurtures both male and female, it has a great influence on the developing one’s character, so it is good both for teenagers and mature people. Firstly, Austen helps us to distinguish what is appearance, and what is reality.