The death of one’s father and a ghostly visitation thereafter are events that would challenge the sanity of anyone. The circumstances of King Hamlet’s death render it especially traumatic. The late King seemed to be an idol to his son; Hamlet looked up to him and aspired to have the same qualities. Hamlet doesn't like King Claudius and sees him as a swindling usurper who has stolen not only the dead King’s throne, but Hamlet’s as well(2.4). Hamlet shows Gertrude that she has lowered her standards by marrying Claudius, When he refers to old Hamlet as, “A combination and a form indeed / Where every god did seem to set his seal” (3.4.55-61).
His frequent mentions of the cruelty he has endured at Christian hands make it hard for us to label him a natural born monster. Paragraph 2 – Themes Love- Bassanio and Portia, is it true love? (“Richly left” or maybe Antonio and Bassanio Friendship- Bassanio and Antonio’s strong friendship, could it be love? Lorenzo, “My Purse, My Person”Gratiano, and how they view Bassanio as towards Antonio Revenge Shylocks phrase ‘a pound of flesh’, taking the oppourtunity to “Bound” Antonio Hate: In Shylock’s very first appearance, as he conspires to harm Antonio, his entire plan seems to be born of the insults and injuries Antonio has inflicted upon him in the past Religious Discrimination: Jews and Christians, Jews get no erspect from christians. Tension between religion.
However there is a darker side to Shylock yet to be discovered who desires revenge after being mistreated for being a Jew off the Christian, Antonio. Bassanio then successfully travels to Belmont, winning Portia's hand in marriage. However things have changed for Shylock by this point , as his daughter, Jessica, has abandoned him to run off and marry a Christian, named Lorenzo, and not only that but she has stolen thousands of ducats (money) and precious jewels from him as well
Othello Who a person decides to trust can make a big impact on their life, whether it be a good or bad one. Only when someone keeps believing lies that they think to be the truth, this can destroy everything that they once used to love. William Shakespeare shows us the tragedy that befalls on a man when he trust's the wrong man through the use of irony and symbolism in the play Othello. In his article over Othello Charles Boyce describes the play as "a domestic comedy gone wrong. "Boyce talks of the jealousy and hate that drives Iago to deceive the moor to "show how a noble man can lose faith and go in a frenzy caused by the loss of trust."
Who do you consider is most responsible for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet? Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet all ends in a terrible tragedy, however there has to be someone to blame for this, but who? I strongly believe that Friar Lawrence is responsible for the tragedy. The main reasons why I think he is to blame is because he married Romeo and Juliet without anyone’s permission; he also helped them to have a secret night together; gave Juliet a dangerous potion; faked her funeral breaking the hearts of her family and he continued abusing the use of confession throughout the play. The most disgraceful thing is that he is a man of god and he committed all of these horrendous sins!
The Merchant of Venice Written sometime between 1596 and 1598, The Merchant of Venice is a play written by famous playwright William Shakespeare in which he wove together two stories; one involving a vengeful, greedy Jewish moneylender trying to seek revenge on Antonio who is a Christian, the other involving a marriage suitor’s choice among three caskets and thereby winning his (or her) mate, Portia. There has been much debate about the genre of this play and whether it is considered to be a tragedy or comedy. In my opinion, I feel that it was Shakespeare’s intention to write it as a comedy due to the elements of a Shakespearean comedy incorporated in it. These ideas are explored through the characters of Shylock, Antonio, Gratiano, Bassanio, Nerissa and Portia and the event of the court scene. There are many elements that make a Shakespearean play a comedy, one of those being that there is a hero who gets into trouble but it saved in the end.
Dimmesdale as the Reverend of the Puritan society broke his sacred promise with the Lord and church. Many sins occurred, but the greater sin was committed by Roger Chillingworth, known as Hester’s husband, for keeping the Reverend alive and watching him suffer. Hester Prynne is known as the beautiful woman who was sent to Boston by her husband. As she waited for his arrival from Europe, she committed the sin of adultery, and after, gave birth to her child, Pearl. The Puritan society and women looked at this sin in antipathy.
Paradise Lost begins, not with the expected potential heroes of the Genesis stories, God or man, but he begins instead with Satan, thereby placing focus on him and his actions. Milton, introducing Satan by blaming him for the fall of man, "Who first seduced them to that foul revolt?/Th' infernal Serpent..." (1.33-34), appears to set him up as the definitive adversary, not just of the epic, but of humanity. He briefly tells of Satan's pride that led him to try to overthrow God and how he was cast into Hell, but he also tells us, "...for now the thought/Both of lost happiness and lasting pain/Torments him..."(1.55-56), right away trying to make Satan someone to be pitied, more human and less evil. Milton describes Satan's physical character to be "in bulk as huge/As whom the fables name of monstrous size,/ Titanian..."(1.196-198), and then "Deeming some island," (1.205), meaning Satan's size is so vast a sailor would mistake him for an island on which he can moor his boat. Satan's size growing larger with each new comparison supports Satan as the hero.
The famous psycho-analyst Sigmund Freud suggested that a reason for Hamlet’s procrastination resides in Oedipal Complex. That is to say, Claudius has acted out Hamlet’s subconscious desire to kill his father and marry his mother. This is an extremely worrying aspect to the Danish prince’s character and it is very important to his relationship with his mother. • Gertrude is characterised as flippant and careless – “seeming virtuous queen”. Hamlet reveals his disgust towards her marriage to his uncle, describing it as morally offensive, “incestuous” and he admonishes his mother’s weaknesses, saying “frailty thy name is woman”.
For Shylock, Shakespeare uses language choice to channel all his anger towards his daughter, Jessica, who eloped with a Christian, leaving Shylock “ducat-less”, demonstrated by the quote "Four score ducats at a sitting! Four score ducats!". Repetition of the word "ducats" makes Shylock appear as a insensitive, selfish man, tying in with the stereotypically view of a Jew; avaricious and selfish. However in the same scene Shakespeare offers the audience an alternative view of Shylock in the next passage. “Out upon her!