This essay will analyse and compare the presentation of Lady Macbeth and Curley's wife through the structure, themes, what is said about them, their actions and what they themselves say. Presentation of character can be explored by observing what Lady Macbeth says. Lady Macbeth is illustrated as a cruel character because she requests the evil spirits to “unsex” her. The use of the word “unsex” shows that Lady Macbeth does not possess the masculine qualities required to perform such an evil
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Of course MAAN follows Shakespeare’s traditional comedy structure but modern critics have their own agenda that a comedy, being such a complex genre, should conform to. Since the time of the ancient Greeks critics have struggled to define it, Plato described it as a series of events you would ‘blush to practice yourself’. Susan Snyder who writes for the Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Company, states that - ‘Comedy involves men of middling estate, its perils are small scale, its outcomes peaceful’. This is an excellent summary for the majority of Shakespeare’s plays; however it is not necessarily accurate in relation to MAAN. It is true to say that a comedy involves ‘men of a middling estate’, in MAAN the protagonists share the company of the Prince Don Pedro, and are socially superior to the watchmen such as Dogberry and Verges.
TITLE “A critical response to Ralph Berry’s “Shakespeare and the Awareness of the Audience” based on William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The essay includes: * A: A summary of Ralph Berry’s argument. * B: An evaluation of the effectiveness of the argument. CRITICAL RESPONSE * A. Renowned Shakespearean critic Ralph Berry, in his critique of William Shakespeare’s most-widely recognized and appraised comedies, Twelfth Night Or What You Will, entitled “Shakespeare and the Awareness of the Audience”, seeks to highlight the audience’s response to the play in its entirety, arguing moderately well and exploring the character of Sir Toby, Maria and Malvolio, and the joke that has been taken too far.
“I thought all for the best.”(Act 3, Scene 1, line 99) Romeo had the best intentions however; best intentions in Shakespeare’s plays always have a negative impact. “No, ‘tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door; but ‘tis enough, ‘twill serve. Ask for me
However, the most incredible of all these passages is found in Act 4, Scene 1, Lines 164-177, where Macbeth contemplates his inner thoughts to himself. Here, Macbeth speaks to time, providing the audience with a more in depth image of its importance. Also, Macbeth’s diction is short and fierce, further pushing the play’s theme of insanity slowly taking over Macbeth’s mind. Lastly, the passage faultlessly illustrates Macbeth’s fatal flaw of ambition slowly ruining his inner being. With these things taken into account, it will be effortless for one to show just how lovely this passage is
With Tartuffe, we clearly see this with him serving as the over the top comical relief who in serving as the central piece which discredits and challenges the sanctity of the clergy and associated aristocrats, also utilizes his aloofness to sustain the comical aesthetic throughout the development of the play. Moliere’s work also stands out to me as being a signature entertaining piece of classical work due to his emphasis on utilizing the neoclassical unities of time, place, and action throughout the fullness of the work. Unlike Shakespearean works which include numerous microcosms of events and are suffocated by an extensive and at times confusing network of complicated and long-winded subplots, Tartuffe stands as a work which for all intents and purposes appears to be more direct in the progression of events. It utilizes a single major plot which carries over throughout and is influenced very little by external events or the complex intricacies of other developments between the characters, allowing for a more streamlined and enjoyable
He then begins about the prophecy of becoming king, which then led to thoughts of murder. Thus, the witches use that act of equivocation to their advantage. Different characters in Macbeth use equivocation and most often it is one that has a double meaning. One in particular is when Lady Macbeth states: “In every point twice done and then done double, Were poor and single business to contend Against those honors deep and broad wherewith Your majesty loads our house. For those of old, And the late dignities heap’d up to them, We rest your hermits”.
Ambition is used with an extremely negative connotation in Shakespeare's writing, but today, ambition is seen as a good trait for a hardworking person. Everyone carries their own ambitious desires, whether they are good or bad. After Caesar's death, Antony uses Caesar's compassion as an example to “prove” that Caesar wasn't ambitious, saying, “When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept; / Ambition should be made of sterner stuff” (JC 3.2.91-2). Antony argues that because of Caesar's compassion, he could not have been an ambitious ruler. He turns compassion into a foil for ambition, therefore making the reader go back to the question of, “What does ambition really mean?” It appears that the real question involves the meaning of ambition in Shakespeare's time.