Compare ways in which Shakespeare presents a character changing in Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth. Shakespearean romantic comedies such as ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ feature one prominent aspect, complex love relationships amongst different pairs of characters, whereby the audience expects two or more characters to inevitably fall in love. Contrastingly, Shakespearean tragedies, like ‘Macbeth’, indulge in a noble and respected character changing into a tragic Hero, eventually resulting in his death. Similarly, one of the mutual features is the change in characters caused by external influences, whereby Leonato, Don Pedro and Claudio influence Benedick to love Beatrice, whilst the witches and Lady Macbeth influence Macbeth to kill the king; as other characters pursue this change, these changes are inevitable. 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.
For example, in the impossible love between Orsino and ‘Cesario’, Viola’s rather chancy silence creates a number of comical moments, such as mid-way through the play where, when asked what kind of woman Cesario loves, Viola almost lets slip her true feelings “Of your complexion”, “About your years”. Olivia’s love for ‘Cesario’, equally as impossible, also creates humour, in the absurdity that Viola is “the man” which Olivia is in love with! If Viola had not masked herself as Cesario, no love triangle would have arisen: the plot would merely revolve around an unrequited and inoperative love between Orsino and Olivia, and there would be nothing too amusing about that. Therefore, regarding the witty love triangle that is so pivotal in
William Shakespeare's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet is a popular study for various themes, including love. The five types of love include unrequited love, romantic love, parental love, friendship and love of family honor. Love is an overpowering force that takes over all other values, loyalties and emotions.The ones I will be elaborating is romantic love and love of family honor. I find these the direct cause of the eventual ending of the plot- the death of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. The romantic love of Romeo and Juliet has become very popular and is the ideal example of star-crossed lovers.
But when Shakespeare wrote about love, it was about many different kinds of love, and there usually are no ‘happily ever after’ endings. “As an abstract concept, love is typically taken to represent a range of human emotions, from simple feelings of pleasure to overwhelming and ineffable attraction towards another person” (Ahmetoglu, Swami, and Chamorro-Premuzic). The main theme of the play is love and this statement is a good example of the different types of love in Othello. While the love between Othello and Desdemona takes center stage, there is many different love relationships in the play as well. In the play you can see familial, friendly, unrequited, true, and sexual love.
He uses many examples from Shakespeare regarding how multiple relationships failed due to faults and errors on of the lovers, stating their doom from the beginning, as they were more just lust than pure love. Another feature of a loving relationship that the writer subtly alluded to in his discussion is the necessity of good communication. Good communication, he attests, keeps a couple attentive to one another, and thus more relevantly in love. Honesty and communication is key to a successful marriage. Davies concludes with what he believes is the most critical element in a loving relationship, openness.
Explore how Much Ado draws on and challenges comic conventions. Much Ado About is a play largely based on romantic comedy. Many aspects of the play are funny because of the desire and need shared by characters, to be together, although they each express it in different ways. Although the young lovers Hero and Claudio provide the main storyline through their excelling relationship, the tension between the older, lovers Benedick and Beatrice is what makes Much Ado About Nothing so memorable. Benedick and Beatrice argue with delightful wit, and Shakespeare develops their journey from antagonism to sincere love and affection with a rich sense of humour and compassion.
The theme of love is predominant throughout the play Romeo and Juliet, but there are also many similarities and differences between Romeo and Juliet and the 154 Shakespearean sonnets. The many types of loves in the play are shown by the relationships different characters have, for example the brotherly love Mercutio has for Romeo. Each one of Shakespeare's sonnets represents a different type of love linking to Romeo and Juliet in one way or the other One of the types of love that is showcased through out this timeless classic is true love; it plays a significant t role as it effects the characters actions. An example of true love is when Romeo tells Juliet ‘’Lady, by yonder blessed moon I vow.” Shakespeare uses a metaphor here and it shows Romeo swears by the moon however Juliet says ´’O swear not by the moon, th’inconstant moon, that monthly changes in her circled orb.” From this quote we see Juliet is aware of the fact that Romeo has feelings for her, however she tells him that his love should be constant and not like the ever changing moon so she basically wants it to be true love, in which actions speak louder than words. We could link this to Sonnet 18 in which Shakespeare says "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day."
Explore the way the theme of romantic love is presented in Act 1 of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Without a doubt, the main theme of Romeo and Juliet is romantic love, which Shakespeare highlights through a number of techniques throughout the play. Act 1 is rich in its exploration of love, from traditionalist Petrarchan to love at first sight. In this essay I will explore the ways in which the 17th century ideology of romantic love is channelled to the audience through the character of Romeo. Shakespeare does this in two ways which contrast with one another – by depicting Romeo’s artificial, exaggerative and unrequited lust for Rosaline in addition to his romantic and reciprocal love for Juliet. When Romeo first appears, Shakespeare uses a variety of oxymorons to portray him as a confused Petrarchan lover.
Explore in detail Shakespeare’s portrayal of love in Romeo and Juliet, with specific reference to act 1. Shakespeare started Romeo and Juliet with a prologue with the structure of a sonnet. This revels that the theme of the play ‘love’ and ‘star crossed lovers’ meaning that Romeo and Juliet are meant and will meet during the play. You can also tell from the prologue that there will be a strong link between love and fate. You are also shown straight away that the play is going to be a tragedy.
To him, both are tender of heart but submissive to the will of importunate men, this forces them into uncharacteristic vices. Gertrud and Ophelia both desire to be something other than what they are. They both receive Hamlet’s exhortations to begin repentance by abstaining from pleasure. Gertrude and Ophelia are tender of heart, motivated by love and a desire for quiet familial harmony among the members of their courtly society in Elsinore. Another similarity between Ophelia and Gertrud is that they both possess a submissive nature.