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Midsummer Nights Dream And Romeo And Juliet Certain parallels can be drawn between William Shakespeare\'s plays, A Midsummer Night\'s Dream, and Romeo and Juliet. These parallels concern themes and prototypical Shakespearian character types. Both plays have a distinct pair of \'lovers\', Hermia and Lysander, and Romeo and Juliet, respectively. Both plays could have also easily been tragedy or comedy with a few simple changes. A tragic play is a play in which one or more characters have a mo
Midsummer Night\'s Dream William Shakespeare, born in 1594, is one of the greatest writers in literature. He dies in 1616 after completing many sonnets and plays. One of which is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They say that this play is the most purely romantic of Shakespeare’s comedies. The themes of the play are dreams and reality, love and magic. This extraordinary play is a play-with-in-a-play, which master writers only write successfully. Shakespeare proves here to be a master writer. Critic
Midsummer Nights Dream Throughout the book, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare depicts the theme of lawless love through the actions and personalities of his characters. The way he portrays Hermia\'s relationship with Lysander and the results their eternal love, as well as the portrayal of Helena and her devotion to Demetrius are two prevalent examples of lawless love. Helena exemplifies lawless love with her lack of concern about consequences that she could have brought upon hersel
Midsummer Nights Dream Love is something that will never be defined. No one knows what love is. When Egeus describes it as being feign, and cunning, he is, for the most part, corredt. Love can sneak on a person, or a person can sneak up on it. I can back the former from personal experience. Love can be truly cunning, and when it is, it hurts. For example, Hermia and Lysander have to make plans to elope because otherwise they cannot be together because of her father, Theseus. Theseus wants h
Midsummer Nights Dream The difference between a play and other forms of literature is that a play is meant to be seen and heard, not merely read. As such, the playwright\'s text is the center of a larger effort on the part of director, actors and designers as they attempt to aid the audience\'s understanding of the play\'s plot, their sympathies with its characters and, ultimately, with the themes that it addresses. Each scene of a play helps an audience to build its appreciation of the play as
Midsummer Night\'s Dream Does Shakespeare make any serious points in ‘A midsummer night’s dream’, or is it just a comedy? Shakespeare’s play, ‘A midsummer night’s dream’ is a comedy which also deals with some serious issues. The play was written in Shakespearean times as a comedy. The play was written to entertain two very different groups of people. The upper class, and the lower class citizens, Two different levels of theater had to be written to entertain them both. An entertaining and comic
Midsummer Night\'s Dream In Shakespeare\'s A Midsummer Night\'s Dream the mortal teenage characters fall in love foolishly, and the character Bottom states, O what fools these mortals be. They are foolish because they act like children. Although Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, and Helena appear grown-up, when they are in love they act foolishly. The four teenage lovers are fools. Demetrius is a fool because he is unaware that his love changes through out the play. At the start of the play Deme
Midsummer Night\'s Dream As with every play we read this quarter, we started A Midsummer Night s Dream with only a text. Reading the script is the foundation of Shakespeare, and the least evolved of the ways that one can experience it. There is no one to interpret the words, no body movement or voice inflection to indicate meaning or intention. All meaning that a reader understands comes from the words alone. The simplicity of text provides a broad ground for imagination, in that every reader c
Midsummer Night\'s Dream The story A Midsummer Night\'s Dream tells about a group of characters that fall in love with each other. However, the whole play is all a dream. The dream also contains dreams within dreams. For example, Hermia had a dream where she fell in love with an ass, and at the end of the play Puck tells everyone that the whole deal was a dream, and that none of this really happened in real life. The title describes the story for it must have taken place in the midsummer type
Midsummer Nights Dreams A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written in 16th century England. In 1595, life was as you can imagine very different. During this period Queen Elizabeth I was at the throne. England was a Christian country and people greatly honoured the queen. Shakespeare was Elizabeth I’s poet laureate, so his work was highly valued across England. Women were treated as second-class citizens. In lower class families, girls were not usually educated. They were expected to do domestic jobs
Midsummer Night’s Dream William Shakespeare intensifies the emotion of love and foolishness in the epic tale of four lovers and an enchanted forest in his classic Midsummer Night’s Dream. Early in this work, we learn of two young maidens, Hermia and Helena, and their unfulfilled passions. Hermia, the daughter of a gentleman, is cast into the burden of marrying a suitor, Demetrius, chosen by her father for which she does not love. Instead, she has fallen for Lysander. To agitate further, Helena
Midsummer Night\'s Dream A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a classic fairy tale of lovers and betrayers. This play has been called Shakespeare’s happiest comedy and it most definitely is. It is filled with humor and non-stop action. There are many different qualities in a ‘happy play’ that are clearly noticeable. For example, love that is for the best makes all plays happy and humor causes the audience to laugh and enjoy. Of course, every ‘happy play’ needs to have some kind of happiness in it. A
Midsummer Night\'s Dream The play A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare offers a wonderful contrast in human mentality. Shakespeare provides insight into man’s conflict with the rational versus emotional characteristics of human behavior. Athens represents the logical side, with its flourishing government and society. The fairy woods represents the wilder, irrational side where nothing seems to follow any sort of structure. The character of Bottom the weaver is a direct reflection
Midsummer Night Dream Sometimes in our lives reality can seem like a dream come true, in A Midsummer Night\'s Dream, by William Shakespeare, to the characters, their dreams are reality. Shakespeare focuses on comic love scenes to portray dream within reality and reality within dreams. This play takes you to a fantasy world where fairies live and pixie dust is real and where anything is possible. In this world, dreams become reality and reality is alluded as a dream. The first act gives us a l
Much Ado About Nothing Written between 1598 and 1600 at the peak of Shakespeare\'s skill in writing comedic work, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare\'s wittiest works. In this comedy, Shakespeare\'s drama satirizes love and human courtliness between two couples who take very different paths to reach the same goal: making the connection between inward and outward beauty. Much Ado About Nothing shows different ways of how people are attracted to one another, and how their realization an
Much Ado About Nothing The plot of Much Ado About Nothing is an elaborate network of schemes and tricks. This statement is confirmed throughout Much Ado About Nothing. The play contains many examples of tricks and schemes that are used to manipulate the thoughts and feelings of characters. The major examples of such manipulation include- Don Pedro, Claudio and Leonato tricking Bene*censored* into believing that Beatrice loves him, Hero and Ursula trick Beatrice into thinking Bene*censored*
Othello Analysis By Bradley In his book, Shakespearean Tragedy, A.C. Bradley discusses at length the many great works of William Shakespeare. One such work is that of Othello. The story Othello is one of Shakespeare’s more intricate works. The basic plot is one a man betrayed by those who are supposed to be close to him but turn out to truly be vipers in wait to strike. Bradley suggests that Othello’s tragic flaw s are the very things that make him a renowned fighter, leader, and man. Othello’s
Othello And Aristotelian Poetics Tragedies frequently focus on a tragic hero that has a flaw that ultimately leads to his downfall. That flaw is commonly referred to as a tragic flaw that is inborn to the person and can reflect his background. In Aristotle\'s Poetics, he discusses the theory of tragedy and what criteria is essential in an ideal tragedy. According to Aristotle, the tragic flaw is the most important part of the hero and the events that occur in the work is a reflection of that fla
Othello And Desdemona In Shakespeare’s play Othello, Iago is the antagonist. That is, he is the villain in the play Othello. He is the person who causes an action to occur which affects the other characters in the play. This action may not necessarily be a good thing. Iago is the catalyst for Othello’s change. He is the reason behind Othello’s changing views of his wife Desdemona, which results in the deaths of many of the characters in this tragedy. In order to understand the role Iago plays in
Othello And Hamlet Themes The plays Othello and Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, have many similarities and differences. Two main characters Iago, of Othello, and Hamlet, of Hamlet, can be compared and contrasted through characterization. Characterization is the represent ion of characteristics or motives of a character. Both characters have different character traits which make them truly different from one another, but their ending resolutions are remarkably the same. In Othello, Iago
Othello And Iago One of the most interesting and exotic characters in the tragic play Othello, by William Shakespeare, is honest Iago. At first Iago seems to be motiveless. However, the motivation behind his actions lie more in Iago\'s quest for personal gain, as opposed to just being evil for evil\'s sake. Iago\'s greediness can be validated by examining his manipulation of Roderigo, Cassio, and most importantly, Othello. Iago\'s main interest is the destruction of Othello. The reason bei
Othello And Iago The Different Sides of Iago’s Character In Shakespeare\'s Othello, Iago carefully and masterfully entraps Othello into believing that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio. He does this through a series of suggestions and hesitations that entice and implant images into Othello\'s head that lead him to his own end. More importantly, Iago gives Othello the motive to murder his own innocent wife Desdemona, satisfying Iago\'s huge appetite for revenge. The motive f
Othello And Iago Iago (Othello’s ensign) uses love against Othello (general of the Venetian army) to cause him to experience jealousy. He not only utilizes the Moor’s love for Desdemona, but also his love for Iago and their friendship My lord, you know I love you...(1.3.117) Funny enough, Iago gives warning to Othello of the very negative emotion that he hopes to inflict upon him! (1.3.166).Oh beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-ey’d monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on...
Othello And Iago In Shakespeare\'s Othello, Iago carefully and masterfully entraps Othello into believing that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio. He does this through a series of suggestions and hesitations that entice and implant images into Othello\'s head that lead him to his own end. More importantly, Iago gives Othello the motive to murder his own innocent wife Desdemona, satisfying Iago\'s huge appetite for revenge. The motive for Iago\'s devious plan is initially mad
Othello And Iago In act one of Othello, Shakespeare’s character, Iago, shows how deceitful and disloyal people can be. Iago’s disloyalty towards Othello and Cassio is portrayed through the lies he tells to Barbantio, Othello, and Cassio. Othello wants revenge on Othello because he thinks that Othello slept with his wife, Emilia, and because he gave Cassio the promotion Iago thought he deserved. Therefor he also wants to get back at Cassio. In the first scene Iago and Roderigo wake up Barbantio
Othello And Iago I am not what I am. What is Iago? -- as distinct from what he pretends to be -- and what are his motives? In Shakespeare\'s, Othello, the reader is presented the classic battle between the deceitful forces of evil and the innocence of good. It are these forces of evil that ultimately lead to the breakdown of Othello, a noble venetian moor, well-known by the people of Venice as a honourable soldier and a worthy leader. Othello\'s breakdown results in the muder of his wife Desd
Othello And Jealousy Throughout Shakespeare’s Othello, the major theme of jealousy is apparent. According to Microsoft Bookshelf, jealousy, by definition, means resentful or bitter in rivalry. The tragedy Othello focuses on the doom of Othello and the other major characters as a result of jealousy. The theme of jealousy is prominent throughout the play as it motivates the characters’ actions. In Shakespeare’s Othello, jealousy is portrayed through the major characters of Iago and Othello. It
Othello And Much Ado About Nothing The two villains in Much Ado About Nothing and Othello share much in common, despite their numerous differences. It is evident that Shakespeare framed the second piece of literature to be similar to the first. Although shorter, the plot of Othello is definitely more complex. The villains play a major part in the novels, and are very much alike in their line of thinking. The comedy, Much Ado About Nothing depicts the story of a group of high-ranking sol
Othello And Racism Although there are lots of things to suggest this is a racist play I don\'t think that racism actually dominates the play, even though it has a racist theme. There is a romantic union between black and white which gets destroyed because most people think the relationship is wrong. At the time the play was written, 1604, even the Queen of England was racist so there must have been a strong hatred of blacks around that time. Most racist comments in the play are said by people t
Othello As Iago As villain in Shakespeare’s play Othello, Iago has two main actions. They are to plot and to deceive. Iago hates Othello for two reasons. He believes that Othello made love to his wife, and Iago is mad that Cassio was chosen to be Lieutenant instead of himself. From this hate comes the main conflict of the play. Iago plans to ruin Othello by carrying out a plan based on lies and deceit. This plan will make Iago the only person that Othello believes he can trust, and Iago will us
Othello As Leader William Shakespeare presents an excellent leader but a poor reasoner in Othello. The eponymous hero has strength, charisma, and eloquence. Yet these ideals of leadership do not bode well in real world situations. The battlefield and Senate are, at least in Othello, depicted as places of honor, where men speak truly. In addition, the matters of war and state are relatively simple; no one lies to Othello, all seem to respect him. He never even has to fight in the play, with the
Othello By Shakespeare In William Shakespeare’s play Othello, there lurks an evil that far is surpasses the darkness of the devil, it lies in the antagonist Iago. Othello who passes Iago up for a promotion simply because Iago is not a arithmetician, swears to take his revenge and destroy the moor and every thing Othello holds dear. Through this Iago plays judge, jury, and executioner, but is Iago’s justice justified or does his justice go far beyond the point of justice that he crosses the line
Othello By Shakespeare Good, evil, or misunderstood. A character paper on Othello, by Shakespeare It seems fascinating that an interesting and clever character in a story, would be the villain, such is the case in Othello, by Shakespeare. As a moor, Othello has faced many challenges and prejudices throughout his life. When he becomes a soldier of high stature and honor, and weds, he receives the jealousy and envy of Iago, the villain. The story revolves around the mischievous acts of Iago, hi
Othello By Shakespeare Shakespeare’s Othello introduces a striking and fascinating character, Iago, to all of its readers. His evilness and ambition for revenge has the ability to grasp each reader’s attention and not let go. And Shakespeare wastes no time in presenting his audience with such an astounding character. As the play opens, it immediately becomes apparent that Iago is already at work. He is using his skills to, once again, convince Roderigo that he will persuade Desdemona to fall in
Othello By Shakespeare In the article, Othello and the pattern of Shakespearean Tragedy, by G.R. Hibbard published in 1968, Hibbard discusses how Othello, by William Shakespeare, stands apart from the rest of the Shakespearean Tragedies. He uses examples from the play to support his thesis of how the tragic pattern in Othello is very much different from that of the others. I agree with Hibbard’s view on Othello and it’s unique characteristics that set it apart from the traditional pattern of Sh
Othello Conflict I am not what I am. What is Iago? -- as distinct from what he pretends to be -- and what are his motives? In Shakespeare\'s, Othello, the reader is presented the classic battle between the deceitful forces of evil and the innocence of good. It are these forces of evil that ultimately lead to the breakdown of Othello, a noble venetian moor, well-known by the people of Venice as a honourable soldier and a worthy leader. Othello\'s breakdown results in the muder of his wife Desd
Othello Hero Othello as a Tragic Hero William Shakespeare\'s famous tragedy Othello, the Moor of Venice (c.1604, as reprinted in Laurence Perrine and Thomas R. Arp, Literature: Structure Sound and Sense, 6th ed. [Fort Worth: Harcourt, 1993]1060-1148) is arguably one of the finest, if not the finest, tragedies in the literary history of Western civilization. This paper discusses Othello as a tragic hero and compares him to the great Aristotle\'s concept of what a tragic hero actually is. F
Othello Masterpiece In all of Shakespeare’s great novels there are many experiences, tragic or otherwise that one can learn from. Shakespeare’s novel Othello is not an exception this rule. Throughout Othello there are many examples of mistakes made by the characters that a reader can learn from. Learning from the flaws of others is one way that one can learn form Shakespeare’s Othello. In the novel Othello there are many of these flaws throughout the story. There are many ways one can learn fro
Othello Play The four main characters in the play Othello represent four different character traits of manhood: Roderigo, the failure; Othello, the hero, yet the insane lover; Cassio, the noblemen; and Iago, the villain, yet the strongest character of the play. Of these four characters Roderigo reveals the weakest character traits. Iago effortlessly profits from Roderigo’s deficiency in a intelligence, in fact Iago himself said he would not waste time and effort onsuch a snipe(I iii 387) exce
Othello Play If Othello didn’t begin as a play about race, history has made it one. The Venetian society that Othello is set in is representative of the writers context. The attitudes and values that Shakespeare reveals through the text are those same attitudes and values of Elizabethan society in England in the sixteenth-century. Although Othello is set in Venice and Cyprus, the attitudes and values shared in the text are probably reflective of the attitudes and values of Shakespeare\'s own
Othello Play Shakespeare\'s trajedy, Othello is a play based on passion unchecked. The desire for money, power, and love drive the characters to commit acts that betray any hint of rational thinking. Readers are given a taste of how passionate Othello is in Act Two, Scene Three. Now, by heaven, My blood begins my safer guides to rule, And passion, having my best judgement collied, Essays to lead the way. \'Swounds, if I stir. Christ\'s wound\'s if I stir? Othello knows he is a man capable o
Othello Themes The play Othello was written be William Shakespeare in the latter years of Shakespeare’s career. Shakespeare composed, revised, and acted in many theatrical performances throughout his life, he also owned the Globe theater where many of his works were performed. The work Othello was based on a story by Giraldi Cinthios, Tale of a Moor, which was a mellow drama about a moor and his doubts about his wife’s fidelity. In Shakespeare’s play the moor (Othello) is convinced by his jealo
Othello Themes Lots of times people get love and lust confused. In Shakespeare’s Othello, the characters in this book are very confused about the difference and it results in perplexity, confusion, commotion and death. This is shown in Shakespeare’s use of symbolism, characterization and irony. The person who best illustrates this theme is Roderigo. He tells Iago, That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse, to get Desdemona for himself. (I,I,2) He pays Iago to get Desdemona, not knowing that he r
Othello Tragedy Shakespeare\'s trajedy, Othello is a play based on passion unchecked. The desire for money, power, and love drive the characters to commit acts that betray any hint of rational thinking. Readers are given a taste of how passionate Othello is in Act Two, Scene Three. Now, by heaven, My blood begins my safer guides to rule, And passion, having my best judgement collied, Essays to lead the way. \'Swounds, if I stir. Christ\'s wound\'s if I stir? Othello knows he is a man capabl
Othello Tragedy One of the most interesting and exotic characters in the tragic play Othello, by William Shakespeare, is honest Iago. At first Iago seems to be motiveless. However, the motivation behind his actions lie more in Iago\'s quest for personal gain, as opposed to just being evil for evil\'s sake. Iago\'s greediness can be validated by examining his manipulation of Roderigo, Cassio, and most importantly, Othello. Iago\'s main interest is the destruction of Othello. The reason bein
Othello Tragism William Shakespeare\'s Othello presents all of the elements of a great tragedy, according to Aristotle\'s definition: A tragedy is the imitation in dramatic form of an action that is serious and complete, with incidents arousing pity and fear wherewith it effects a catharsis of such emotions (Poetics 14) He also adds, The language used is pleasurable and throughout, appropriate to the situation in which it is used. The central features of the Aristotelian archetype are man
Othello Othello, written by William Shakespeare is the story of Othello, the protagonist and tragic hero of the play. A Moor commanding the armies of Venice, he is a celebrated general and heroic figure whose free and open nature will enable Iago to twist his love for his wife Desdemona into a powerful jealousy. Iago is Othello’s ensign, and Shakespeare\'s greatest villain. His public face of bravery and honesty conceals a Satanic delight in manipulation and destruction. Passed over for a pro
Othello If one reads Shakespeare\'s Othello, they can come to the conclusion that it might be one of the his most tragic plays ever written by Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet, is probably the most famous of his tragic plays, but Othello, has characteristics that, I think make it even more tragic then his other plays, and therefore for that reason, you can say that Othello is the most tragic hero. Othello is a noble man, one who has grace with the ladies but also possesses all the virtues of a mil
Othello In Othello, we encounter Iago, one of Shakespeare’s most evil characters. Iago is an officer in Othello\'s army and is jealous of Cassio\'s promotion to Lieutenant. Through deception and appearance, we see many lies and clever schemes unfold. The astonishing thing about Iago is that he seems to make up his malicious schemes as he goes along without any planning. I agree with the critics that say Iago represents a motiveless malignity. Throughout the play, Iago portrays himself as a de
Othello During the Elizabethan times it was uncommon for black people to act out roles in plays. Shakespeare introduces this to his audience in two plays, the first Titus Andromicus and the second Othello. The first black character, Aaron, is portrayed as a secondary villain. Othello on the other hand is of higher status than many of his peers in the play. This was different for Shakespeare to present a minority person with such authority as a main character. Even with such, many different raci