17 Mar 2011

Sample Essay: Compare and Contrast

The two sonnets discussed here are Sonnet 18, commonly known by its opening line “Shall I compare thee to a summer day” and Sonnet 130 (My mistresses’ eyes), by William Shakespeare. The first one belongs to the “Young Man” cycle, generally agreed to be addressed to “The Youth” or “Young Man” while the latter belongs to the “Dark Lady” cycle.

At first glance, both sonnets tackle the theme of beauty. The opening lines of Sonnet 18 invoke the ultimate perfection of the summer day, “the most beautiful thing in an (English) world” (Vendler 121) as the basis of comparison. The beauty of the poet’s intended object of affection is far greater than that of the summer’s day, and therefore the following lines illustrate the degradation of such a perfect simile when compared to a mortal’s beauty. A summer’s day may be windy, hot and the summer is just a season lasting for three months – the beauty of the mortal is “more lovely and more temperate” meaning it is more constant, without excessive extremes of passion or lust. The perceived standards of beauty are too frail and imperfect to capture successfully the beauty that the poet sees. Sonnet 130 addresses the theme of beauty in a similar fashion. All the standards of beauty simply cannot apply to the mistress in question for her beauty is of different order. There is an invocation of a perceived standard of beauty, almost a checklist against which the poet compares the dark beauty of his mistress. While generally agreed that this sonnet is a parody of the sonnets that were in vogue at a time, it nevertheless asserts the notion that beauty is differently perceived in different times and by different persons. While the standardized notions become vacuous and almost serialized in an endless procession of “perfection” one can easily become desensitized to the real beauty.

As intricate an observer as Shakespeare was, he would often touch upon many different themes in his works. Closely intertwined with the theme of beauty is the theme of nature and quality of art in the Sonnet 18. Achieving immortality through a work of art that would capture the beauty in its verse puts this sonnet in Procreation sequence, ending with Sonnet 17 (Edmondson).  Although the question of sequence of the sonnets is under much scrutiny, the closing couplet celebrates life through art “as long as men can breathe or eyes can see.”

The visual imagery of the sonnet 18 is sheathed in light, in gold and fair of the summer day, and yet, paradoxically, underneath the surface of a placid summer’s day there is an undertone of things passing away. Summer, as a season, is a metaphor for the intricate beauty of the addressee; at the same time is tinged with the notion of imperfection and brevity. It is “too short” and sometimes “dimm’d”; it will “decline” and fade away. Nature is personified as suffering from imperfections resulting from chance or changing forces that shape it, but, moreover, the personification is reversed as the poet’s darling is exemplified by the nature (“Thy eternal summer shall not fade”) making him, or her, rise above the natural world. Furthermore, there is an extended metaphor of plant life throughout the sonnet, starting with “buds of May” and ending with “When in eternal lines to time thou growest” – it is a sacrament of life and love growing out of the fertile soil of poetry.

A similar imagery exists in Sonnet 130. The sun, the white snow, coral and roses invoke the fairness of a summer day. In this case, it is used to impose a contrast, as the poet’s object of affection possesses attributes that are quite the opposite. By deconstructing the image of his object of affection onto the most common examples of ordinary scrutiny and contrasting them to the ideal (blond, blue-eyed woman who moves gracefully and has a soothing voice), the poet presents us with two images, one of which is clearly a forced construct with no basis in reality.

If we take the image of the summer as a starting point in these two similes, then these two sonnets are equally on the opposite sides of a standardized notion of beauty. Sonnet 18 transcends the beauty as something perfect, above the nature’s course. Sonnet 130 goes the other way round, making beauty seem utterly disconnected to beautiful things. They both, however, arrive at the same destination and that is the profession of a true and consuming love.


Arp, Thomas R., Greg Johnson, and Laurence Perrine. Perrine‘s Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense. Boston, MA: Thomson Wadsworth, 2006. Print.

Edmondson, Paul, and Stanley W. Wells. Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004. Print.

Vendler, Helen Hennessy. The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. London: Belknap of Harvard UP, 1997. Print.

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21 Jul 2010

Sample Essay: Drama Research Essay on Othello

The basic reason behind William Shakespeare starting to write Tragedy stories is due to the reason that he felt that the various other tragic plots that were being used by other English writers of his time lacked imaginative foundation and composition. The most important focus of all of Shakespeare’s tragedies was the fall of a prominent person of his story. Additional attractions of his plays used to be Suspense and climax. His effort was amazing as it was not of the customary for the time of his existence. Anybody with just very little knowledge about the writings of Shakespeare would be familiar with one of the tragedies as a Shakespearean work.

The four most outstanding and renowned tragedies that were written by William Shakespeare are King Lear, Hamlet, Othello, and Macbeth.  The word ‘tragedy’ and its derivation are considered to be uncertain even today. “The word has been said to be derived from two Greek words – tragos (goat) and oide (song) (RSC – Royal Shakespeare Company). ” All of the tragic works written by William Shakespeare have a upsetting primary actor, or ‘protagonist’ who is in due course put into a absurdity or incompatible situation that is likely to be solved by the same character –  the hero.  A mixture of bad luck and misjudgment in due course results in the bereavement of the hero of the play.

Othello – as already mentioned above is one of the four outstanding tragic works of William Shakespeare that was written by him in the year 1602.  This famous tragedy of Shakespeare predominantly focuses on the death of Othello, the protagonist and all other important characters of the play as a result of jealousy.  All of the actions of the characters of the play are motivated by this single aspect of jealousy and hence the same is very prominent in the play.  Iago and Othello are the two main characters that portray Jealousy in the play Othello.  Jealousy is the one that completely corrupts Iago and consequently makes him to display his actuality.  This in turn causes Othello to go through an utter transformation in his own self and thereby leads to the destruction of all of his friends’ lives.

It has been said that catastrophe decontaminates the fondness and warmth by panic and sympathy. That is, it replaces imaginary compassion for sheer egoism and self-centeredness. It offers a soaring and enduring interest, beyond one’s self, in kindness as such. Tragedy is believed to raise the immense, the inaccessible and the potential to fairness with the genuine, the modest and the proximity.  Tragedy is also believed to suppress and mitigate the perseverance of the will power of a man.  Even though Iago has a repute of being “full of love and honesty” (III, iii, 138), he is the one who is accountable for obliterating many lives and is viewed as an individual who “perhaps one of the most villainous characters in all literature” (Godfrey).  Iago’s jealous is pretty evident as early as in the start of the play itself.  Specifically, in Act I of the play, Iago sets the tenor for the irrational effect jealously has on the characters of the play. Although Iago is not very sure that Othello is culpable of cuckolding him, his distrust “Will do as if for surety (1.3.371)” (Curtis).  It is, nevertheless, Othello’s intense jealous behavior that encompasses a central theme of the play. Othello is center of supremacy, and his behavior and implement of free will has the most insightful effect on everybody. Iago, who is considered as the master manipulator, uses Othello’s authoritative diffidence and jealousy as a means to instantaneously change Othello’s discernment of Desdemona.

Othello- an outstanding tragic piece of William Shakespeare is one of a kind tragedy that enlivens one’s compassion and consideration in astonishing manner.  The ethical aspects that Othello conveys have a closer relevance to the apprehensions of human life than that of any other works written by Shakespeare. If the other tragedies of Shakespeare are observed, each one of them portrays and conveys different aspects of morality.  The themes in King Lear and Macbeth contrast in the way that the pathos as portrayed in the play Lear are more dominant and are actually not so natural, however, they lack the consideration and compassion as observed in Macbeth.  In the same way Hamlet is more secluded and impulse.  In the same way, if Othello is observed it is more thoughtful, philosophical and heartwarming.

Interestingly, the term ‘Jealous’ apparently is appeared for about 21 times in the entire play of Othello.  Specifically, it becomes a common term that is used in the dialogues of Othello, Desdemona, Iago, Casio and Emilia.  Furthermore, Emilia and Iago are the two characters who have a pivotal role in this tragic play and they seemed to have apparently used the term of ‘jealousy’ almost seven times individually.   All through the play, Othello has been portrayed as an extremely strong character and he seems to be very proud of every single action of him. The control is not only of authority but of the sagacity of him being an excellent soldier.  In Act I, Othello has a brawl with Brabantio, who actually comes to kill him, but even before he attempts to attack Othello, Othello said, “Hold your hands, both of you of my inclining and the rest.  Were it my cue to fight, I should have known it without a prompter” (I, ii, lines 80-3) (Field of Themes).” The power displayed in this scene by Othello is quite amazing.

The crucial struggle that the character of Othello faces in the play is trying to recognize the truth to believe in. Othello’s own self sympathy and qualms of others allows Iago to even make Othello rethink and doubt the truth told by his wife. “This struggle within himself shows the weakness of Othello. It shows how his own doubts and questions of how is view allowed for evil and deception to easily overrun his mind. The actor must understand that this is not because Othello is slow or easily influenced, but rather partly worn and broken by his isolation from his own town. Iago is able to awaken these feelings of rejection and confusion that feed the feelings of evil and betrayal. By this it is how Othello grows able to murder his own wife. His mind is clouded and overwhelmed with years of feelings building up until the seal is broken by a wise and malevolent plot (Ross).”

The power and command over any situation that Othello has is one his strongest distinctiveness.  All through the entire first act, it can be observed that Othello is portrayed as a man with extensive power and an innate leadership. However, it would be difficult for anybody to believe such a man change all of a sudden (Field of Themes).  This change in Othello is evident from the scene when Lodovico notices Othello hitting Desdemona. As already mentioned above, the most significant of all the various themes of this play are the risks of love transforming into jealousy and the consequences of one getting his revenge.  The results of these themes are that a man trusts another man rather than his own wife, and that four persons are killed and two marriages damaged totally.  This play clearly portrays how letting emotion rule the body and mind instead of rational thought doing the same can eventually result in destruction. While most of the people may not believe that their individual actions can have such massive repercussions, as rightly said, the path to hell is paved with noble intentions. “Shakespeare intends to warn people of the dangers of acting without thought; to bring people aware of who is around them and what ulterior motives they may have when you take their counsel; and to show that every small move you make impacts the world around you to no end (Griffin).”

Othello continued to be very famous right through the 18th and 19th centuries, and numerous of the most radiant actors of that time sought after the role of the Moor, as Othello was called by many Venetians.  Othello, undoubtedly, is a most famous and one of the best tragedies written by Shakespeare. It is actually about love that transforms to be bad as a result of jealousy.  Shakespeare builds an influential drama of a marriage that originates with attraction amid the unusual Moor Othello and a fair Venetian lady named Desdemona, with elopement, and with strong mutual loyalty and that eventually ends impulsively with jealousy, anger and brutal deaths.

Works Cited

Curtis, Jerry. Jealousy: A Major Theme of Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’. 2009. 14 December 2009 <http://www.helium.com/items/100575-jealousy-a-major-theme-in-shakespeares-othello>.

Field of Themes. Character Analysis. 02 November 2009 <http://www.field-of-themes.com/shakespeare/essays/Eothello3.htm>.

Godfrey, D. R. Analysis of Shakespeare’s Othello. n.d.

Griffin, Alice. Themes in Shakespeare’s Othello. 03 July 2009. 14 December 2009 <http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1902208/themes_in_shakespeares_othello.html>.

Ross, Jake. Analysis of Othello. 2009. 02 November 2009 <http://ezinearticles.com/?Analysis-of-Othello&id=148684>.

RSC – Royal Shakespeare Company. Macbeth. 02 June 2009 <http://www.rsc.org.uk/macbeth/tragedy/tragedies.html>.

02 Oct 2009

Essays on All's Well That Ends Well

All’s Well That Ends Well follows a short period in the life of a young woman, the orphan daughter of a well respected physician named Helena, as she pursues the man she desires most to marry, the son of her guardian who is a Duchess in France.  After saving the King of France during an illness, she is granted her choice of husbands.  But when she chooses the Duchess’ son, he flees to a city in the Holy Land, swearing he would never marry her unless she obtained the ring off his hand and became pregnant with his child.  Never being one to back down, Helena sets out to fulfill these demands, one way or another.

In All’s Well That Ends Well, William Shakespeare once again proves his prowess with the quill.  His use of conflict and the personal resolve of an individual determined weaves a tale that, though not as passionate as Romeo and Juliet or as thrilling as Julius Caesar, captivating his audience with a tangled web of intrigue and guile.  All’s Well That Ends Well is seen by many as an indirect attack upon the social structure that permeated not only France, but the whole of England, presenting the argument that even the daughter of a lowly physician could match wits successfully with Europe’s noble elite.  It’s effect on England’s social structure has been the topic of academic debate for many years and  has yet to be fully explored.

The character Helena is offered by Shakespeare as a classic example of social ills in Europe during the 16th century.  Though highly skilled in the arts of healing herself, it is upon her father’s reputation that her respect within the French Royal Court rests.  It is upon this that the Duchess’ son, >>>>, rests his opinion and which he uses to justify running away from what he sees as an unfavorable marriage.  It is an interesting twist as in Europe it was usually the woman who attempted to escape unfavorable marriages.

All’s Well That Ends Well stands as a significant but often overlooked Shakespearean play.  The idea of a commoner marrying into royal society was deeply frowned upon.  The idea that it could be a lesser woman imposing such a marriage bordered on scandalous, though Shakespeare was hardly a stranger to scandal.   In this play, however, he took the concept to a new level.  In addition to the challenge against social “tiers,” Shakespeare’s character, Helena, intentionally engages in covert fornication with her intended, tricking him into giving up his ring (condition one set by him) and successfully impregnating herself with his child (condition two set by him).  Outsmarted, the young nobleman relents, marrying Helena as much for her intelligence as for her beauty he has finally come to recognize.

Many of the lessons that we can draw from All’s Well That Ends Well speak as much about our modern society as they did in the 16th century.  And yes, this applies to the academic environment as well.  Students enter their school with an inner understanding of what they are after.  The rigor of academic halls however weeds out all but the most determined.  Our company supplies professional writing services to these aspiring academes, preparing professional, well researched articles on virtually any topic and at any level of academic endeavor.  Placing your order through our secure website today will help put your written assignment on the fast track to fulfillment.

01 Aug 2009

Essays on the Shakespearian-Oxfordian Controversy

Growing up, few, if any of us, failed to hear of at least one Shakespearian play, usually Romeo and Juliet.  Shakespeare is cited as the author of over three dozen plays, more than a gross of sonnets, and many poems.  But what if our assumptions about Shakespeare and the plays were wrong?

The Shakespearian-Oxfordian controversy relates to arguments that have been ongoing since the 18th century regarding the authorship of the Shakespearian documents.  Many experts question the ability of a 16th century commoner to be such a competent playwright.  What little records exist regarding William Shakespeare’s life indicate he lacked a university education.  Yet the plays indicate a dynamic understanding of law, politics, astronomy, medicine and foreign languages.

Those who question the authorship have proposed a number of alternative possible authors, the most common being that of Edward de Vere (17th Earl of Oxford).  Correlations between the last of the Shakespearian documents being published in 1604, the same year as de Vere’s death, cause many to believe that he was in fact the author and not Shakespeare.  Additionally, similarities between de Vere’s plays and the Shakespearian plays give support to this argument, particularly in light of Shakespeare’s lack of formal education.

Supporters of the alternative theories also note documents indicating the use of anonymity and pseudonymous publications to hide their identity.  This is similar in nature to Thomas Paine’s anonymous publishing of “Common Sense” prior to the American Revolution.

Stratforians (as Shakespearian supporters are called) point out that there are many details that better educated men would not have made.  For instance, though both Othello and Merchant of Venice take place ostensibly in Venice, no mention is made in either of the canals of Venice, though Merchant of Venice does indicate Venice being a notable oceanic trade city.  The Winter’s Tale refers to Bohemia as having a coastline and The Two Gentlemen of Verona describes the cities of Verona and Milan as seaports.  None of these locations are near the ocean.

With significant evidence and arguments, it is unlikely that this controversy will be soon resolved.  Essays arguing one side or another, supported with appropriate evidence, can be used to impress even the most stoic of college professors.   The challenge of this is obvious and undoubtedly beyond the abilities of most students.  Professional writers like ours, however, prepare such materials every day, fulfilling the academic needs of thousands of students every year.  To take advantage of their experience and talent, all you need to do is place an order.

12 Jul 2009

Essays on The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare is considered by many to be one of history’s most prolific and dynamic playwrights, having written dozens of plays ranging from dramatic tragedies (Macbeth) to whimsical romances (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).  One of his best known plays is “The Merchant of Venice.”

The Merchant of Venice, as the name implies, is set primarily in the historic city of Venice, Italy.  Dealing with a mix of romantic intrigue and political turmoil, The Merchant of Venice provides numerous avenues of essay and literary evaluation.  During the course of The Merchant of Venice, issues such as the extent of what friends will do for friends, what children will do to honor their parents, what others do to pursue love, and even what mankind in general will do to exact vengeance on those perceived to have wronged us are addressed in a series of profound, but realistic events.

Central to the story is the friendship between the main characters, Bassanio and Antonio.  Bassanio is in love with the beautiful and wealthy Portia of the city of Belmont.  Antonio, out of friendship, arranges a loan for Bassanio with a Jewish moneylender, Shylock, pledging a pound of his own flesh in forfeiture should they be unable to repay the loan, setting the stage for the events to follow.

  • William Shakespeare had a talent of hiding themes and lessons within many of his plays.  One hidden theme of “The Merchant of Venice” is the concept of wisdom and our understanding of it.  Within the prose of the play, how it guides the lives of those who have it, and how those who lack it end up paying the consequences are revealed.  Choose a character and discuss how the concept of wisdom affects the character through the course of the play.
  • Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of this play is the riddle of the boxes.  Describe the test and its consequences for those involved.  Explain how the concepts of obedience and wisdom play into this from the aspect of Portia’s obedience to her father’s wishes and from the father’s wisdom in the test itself.
  • The Merchant of Venice is often cited as the source for our concept of “a pound of flesh,” implying a claim of vengeance that is expected to come at a high price or with considerable risk to the claimant.  Explore why this is so and analyze the appropriateness of the present day implications of the expression and significance of the play.

Plays such as The Merchant of Venice hold double risk for students in their writings.  The plays not only hold hidden meanings, but were written in a vastly different society, with forgotten connotations embedded within its prose that held significance during the time of Shakespeare, but that are almost meaningless to us today.  Our writers stand ready to assist in your needs for Shakespearean play essays and literary analyses.

20 Jun 2009

Sample Essay: Hamlet And The Laws Of Aristotle

Onе of thе forеmost Еlizаbеthаn trаgеdiеs in thе cаnon of Еnglish litеrаturе is ” Hаmlеt” by Williаm Shаkеspеаrе аnd onе of thе еаrliеst critics of trаgеdy is Аristotlе. Onе wаy to mеаsurе Shаkеspеаrе’s work, “Hаmlеt”, is to аpprаisе it using thе mеthods of clаssicаl critics to sее if it mееts thе critеriа for а trаgеdy.

Hаmlеt is onе of thе most rеcognizаblе аnd most oftеn quotеd trаgеdiеs in аll of Еnglish litеrаturе. Аristotlе, who is concеrnеd with thе propеr prеsеntаtion of trаgic plаys аnd poеtry, dеfinеs trаgеdy аs:

“…а rеprеsеntаtion of аn аction thаt is worth sеrious аttеntion, complеtе in itsеlf, аnd of somе аmplitudе; in lаnguаgе еnrichеd by а vаriеty of аrtistic dеvicеs аppropriаtе to thе sеvеrаl pаrts of thе plаy; prеsеntеd in thе form of аction, not nаrrаtion; by mеаns of pity аnd fеаr bringing аbout thе purgаtion of such еmotion.” (Аristotlе 38 – 9)

Shаkеspеаrе usеs chаrаctеr, plot аnd sеtting to crеаtе а mood of disgust аnd а thеmе of propеr rеvеngе, аs opposеd to fеаr аnd pity, hеncе Аristotlе would hаvе disаpprovеd of Hаmlеt аs bеing а trаgеdy. It is thе аbovе mеntionеd еlеmеnts; chаrаctеr, plot аnd sеtting, usеd in а nonаristotеliаn wаy, thаt mаkеs Hаmlеt work аs onе of thе Еnglish lаnguаgе’s most rеnown trаgеdiеs.

By propеr rеvеngе, wе rеfеr to thе Еlizаbеthаn viеw thаt rеvеngе must bе sought in cеrtаin cаsеs, for thе world to continuе propеrly. This is thе mаin plot of Hаmlеt. In Poеtics, Аristotlе dеfinеs for us, thе еlеmеnt of plot аnd shows us how hе bеliеvеs it must bе put togеthеr. Hе аlso bеliеvеs in vаrious unitiеs which hе stаtеs аrе nеcеssаry for а propеr trаgеdy. Аristotlе bеliеvеs in whаt hе cаlls “Unity of plot” (Аristotlе 42 – 3). This “Unity” lеаvеs no room for subplots, which аrе cruciаl to thе thеmе of Hаmlеt. Аnothеr of thе wаys Аristotlе dеfinеs plot in trаgеdy аs “Thе noblе аctions аnd thе doings of noblе pеrsons” (Аristotlе 35). By this dеfinition, Hаmlеt should bе а noblе pеrson, who doеs only noblе things. Аristotlе would hаvе objеctеd to Hаmlеt’s rеfusаl to kill Clаudius during prаyеr which forms thе turning point of Hаmlеt. This is significаnt bеcаusе if hе wеrе to hаvе аchiеvеd his rеvеngе аt thаt point, Clаudius’ soul mаy hаvе bееn clеаn. Hаmlеt wishеs to gеt rеvеngе whеn Clаudius’ “Soul mаy bе dаmnеd аnd blаck / Аs hеll, whеrеto it goеs (Shаkеspеаrе 3, 3, 94 – 5). By wаiting for thе right timе, Hаmlеt losеs his chаncе to аchiеvе rеvеngе. This ignoblе аct doеs аdd to thе thеmе of propеr rеvеngе, not in thе primаry plot, but whеn аll thrее rеvеngе sub-plots аrе considеrеd togеthеr.

Аristotlе аlso bеliеvеd in hеroеs thаt аrе “First аnd forеmost good (Аristotlе 51).” Аlthough Hаmlеt spеnds much timе dеlibеrаting good аnd еvil, аnd whаt thе grеаtеst good is, whеn it comеs timе, hе cаnnot аct. Lаеrtеs doеs аct, but hе аcts rаshly, аnd cаnnot pеrform good еithеr. Fortinbrаs is thе typе of hеro thаt Аristotlе would hаvе prеfеrrеd, аlthough from Fortinbrаs’ point of viеw thе plаy is not trаgic; instеаd it is а comеdy whеrе аll of thе othеr chаrаctеrs run аbout аnd in thе еnd through no fаult of his own, Fortinbrаs rеcеivеs thе kingship of Dеnmаrk. Thе plot еvеnts with which Аristotlе disаgrееs givе mеаning to Hаmlеt’s thеmе.

Аristotlе hаd no room for noblе chаrаctеrs with no аmplitudе аnd thеrеforе hе would hаvе dislikеd most of thе chаrаctеrs in Hаmlеt, еxcеpt for Horаtio аnd Fortinbrаs. In contrаsting Fortinbrаs , Hаmlеt аnd Lаеrtеs wе hаvе thrее mеn of noblе birth, аll of whom hаvе а lеgitimаtе rеаson to sееk rеvеngе. Thе mаin diffеrеncе is thе wаy thаt еаch sееks his rеvеngе. Lаеrtеs sееks rеvеngе in а rаsh аnd illicit wаys аnd hе diеs. Hаmlеt sееks rеvеngе in аn ignoblе wаy аnd hе diеs. Fortinbrаs sееks а Christiаn rеvеngе аnd is succеssful. In this wаy Shаkеspеаrе’s chаrаctеrs furthеr thе thеmе of Hаmlеt in а non-аristotеliаn wаy.

To concludе, onе of thе еlеmеnts contributing to mood is chаrаctеr, howеvеr it is usеd in а non-аristotеliаn wаy. Аristotlе ignorеd thе concеpt thаt а plаy could tаkе plаcе in mаny diffеrеnt sеttings аnd still rеtаin mеаning. In his еlеmеnts of trаgеdy Аristotlе mеntions “Plot, chаrаctеr, diction, thought, spеctаclе аnd song. (Аristotlе 39).” Hе doеs not includе sеtting аs а sеpаrаtе еntity. It is implicit, howеvеr, in his concеption of “Unitiеs” thаt morе thаn onе sеtting wаs not аccеptаblе. Onе еxаmplе mаy bе found in Oеdipus thе King, whеrе аll of thе аction tаkеs plаcе in onе sеtting, аnd whеrе thе gеogrаphicаl sеtting of thе plаy, in tеrms of а historicаl contеxt, doеs not in itsеlf аdd аny mеаning. Аristotlе did, howеvеr, bеliеvе in “Unity of Timе”, whеrе еаch аction follows thе prеvious аction, аnd builds to form а singlе “thrеаd” of аction. Wе would includе thе timе in plаy аs pаrt of thе sеtting. Аnothеr аxiom of Unity of timе is thаt onе stаgе minutе еquаls onе rеаl minutе. It is only by ignoring Аristotеliаn convеntion in sеtting, spеcificаlly unity of timе, thаt Shаkеspеаrе cаn propеrly tеll his story.

03 Nov 2008

Essays on Romeo and Juliet

Speaking the names “Romeo and Juliet” is perhaps the most effective way of invoking thoughts of romance known in our modern society. The term “Romeo and Juliet” is used across many western cultures, historically referring to the romantic passions of young love and more recently as a distinctive label for the “crime” of “child-molestation” involving individuals who are so close in age as to make our society uncomfortable with punishing the lovers and forcing many to question the laws involved.

Considering the broad, modern use of the phrase, it is ironic that the powerful term “Romeo and Juliet” comes from a play written more than four centuries ago by the Bard of Bards, William Shakespeare. The play “Romeo and Juliet” addresses many social concepts which are, even today, controversial: family feuds, social violence, arbitrary law enforcement, youthful sexual relationships, overly protective parenting, the marriage of young lovers and the act of elopement by such lovers.

Structurally, “Romeo and Juliet” is highly dynamic, drawing upon purportedly true events (though many question this), showing a realistically complex social order and effectively mixing humor and tragedy to build the dramatic impact of the play. Even in today’s jaded society, “Romeo and Juliet” invokes powerful emotions in almost any audience. Romeo and Juliet” is so powerful a play that it is often one of the first such plays performed by even the youngest of modern thespians. Academically, there are a wide number of avenues students can approach for essays on “Romeo and Juliet.”

  • The play “Romeo and Juliet” contains a wide variety of characters and character types. Some, like Juliet’s father, seem to display an almost schizophrenic personality, being socially extrovert at one moment, then dramatically oppressive the next. Select two or three characters from “Romeo and Juliet” and prepare a comparative analysis of their character types and personalities. Does the character seem to change or develop in any way during the course of the play?
  • Romeo and Juliet feel a strong sexual attraction to one another during the play, yet also demonstrate what is perceived to be a high level of moral responsibility. How is this concept developed in the play and how does it contrast with the application of the term “Romeo and Juliet” to youthful sexual relationships today? Is this an appropriate application of the term and why?

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14 Aug 2008

Hamlet Research Paper

A Hamlet research paper is an English literature project that analyzes William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. There is no shortage in interest when writing a Hamlet research paper. Drama history books and courses discuss various aspects of Shakespeare’s widely influential work. The language, structure, narrative strands and character actions are the forefront of a Hamlet research paper. A student can find a Hamlet research paper valuable in escaping reality to enter Shakespeare’s dramatic fantasy. Shakespeare illuminates his stories by tweaking the plot and story structure. Conflict accounts for a majority of the Shakespearian plays. A Hamlet research paper responds to various aspects in Hamlet while allowing the writer the ability to demonstrate their analytical expertise. English literature, theatre history and stage performers study Hamlet for training, educational and interest purposes. A Hamlet research paper covers the creative angles of Hamlet while invigorating the minds of its students. Writing service companies are capable of producing a quality Hamlet research paper. Creativity is useful in approaching Shakespearian plays, but is not mandatory. How should a writer or student take on a Hamlet research paper?

A Hamlet research paper begins with analyzing Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Before one can write, they must be aware of the content. Should a Hamlet research paper challenge the structure of Hamlet? Will character development offer conclusive evidence about conflicting theories in their actions? A student or writer must analyze Hamlet. Film and theatre students use similar analytical techniques to make an artistic connection. A Hamlet research paper can delve into Hamlet’s life or explain the behavioral inconsistencies of the characters. Another tangible angle would be a compare and contrast technique. Analyzing the structure of Hamlet using the 5-Act Dramatic structure. Shakespeare was known for setting up his plays using a 5-Act Dramatic structure so the audience could enjoy the other aspects of his business ventures. William Shakespeare was a businessman that knew how to entertain the audience. It’s wise for a student to learn about Shakespeare’s background, which can help to guide their analytical skills in writing a Hamlet research paper.

Shakespeare’s background is relevant to his imagination. He knew what people were looking for in the context of each play. Conflict enhanced the scope of Hamlet. Tension increased until the climax forced the plot to erupt the story into the last act (resolution). The length of each play, especially in that of Hamlet, was ideal for the audience members. A student should learn historical elements about Shakespeare, as additional knowledge would produce insightful work. Writing a Hamlet research paper on the overall perspective of Hamlet is too broad. A Hamlet research paper demands careful thought, analysis and perceptive abilities. Incorporating personal experience or reaction to Hamlet strengthens the experience. Writing a Hamlet research paper requires reading, critical thinking, personal opinion and critical analysis.

There is no right or wrong way to write a Hamlet research paper. Instructors may argue about not agreeing with your material, but as long as you incorporate the guidelines into the bulk of your paper, the process will be golden. A Hamlet research paper enlightens the dramatic writing process. Analyzing Hamlet stimulates the mind to notice character behaviors, actions and movements. Students are given permission to realize their analytical potential. Writers that confront a theme, strategy, structure or performing element within Hamlet build their literature skills. Writing a Hamlet research paper strengthens English literature writing skills.

English literature prepares students to interpret the theories in Shakespeare’s controversial plays. Theatre Arts history courses educate students on the stylistic patterns of plays, which bring the characters and the story to life. A Hamlet research paper livens the history debate while adopting ancient Greek drama. Individuals that are students of Shakespearian dramatic theory mastered the message of Hamlet to create a phenomenal Hamlet research paper. If students fail to grasp the idea of analyzing and writing a Hamlet research paper, they should allow writer service companies to transform their project into a dramatic success.

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