Piece Essay Topics

King Richard III and Looking for Richard

Changes in context and form offer fresh perspective on the values in texts. How does Pacino’s film “Looking for Richard”, reveal his response to the values explored in Shakespeare’s play, “King Richard III”? Through changes in context and form a fresh perspective can be offered on the values in texts. Pacino’s film “Looking for Richard”… View Article

The Merchant of Venice: Analysis of Portia

“Oh, me, the word ‘choose’! I may neither choose who I would nor refuse who I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father. Is it not hard, Nerissa, that I cannot choose one nor refuse none? (Act 1 Scene 2 lines 22~25) “In terms of… View Article

The Merchant of Venice

‘The Merchant of Venice’ tittle has been carefully chosen and it is apt and suggested. There has been some controversy among the critics that the tittle belong to Shylock or Antonio. This controversy arose because in the first entry the play had been named ‘The Merchant of Venice’ or ‘The Jew of Venice’. Later on… View Article

Twelve Angry Men Intros

Set in the summer of 1957, Reginald Rose’s play, Twelve Angry Men, highlights the importance of speaking out for what is right. Rose demonstrates through characterisation that prejudice and preconceptions can conceal the truth. From the inception, Rose presents a biased jury who is convinced of the boy’s guilt based on preconceived notions. However it… View Article

Arthur Miller

Between 1949 and 1953, Arthur Miller wrote two of his most famous plays. Both plays dealt with major problems in society. The main characters of the plays were similar. Also, the supporting characters of both plays were alike. Arthur Miller’s plays Death of a Salesman and The Crucible are similar in many ways. The main… View Article

A Doll’s House Study Guide

Act I: Kevin Gao The setting is on Christmas Eve, in the Helmer’s Household. There is the aspect of the contrasting temperature, in which inside the house it is warm, symbolic of security and safety, whereas outside it is harsh and cold, symbolic of the real world and how cruel it is. These details are… View Article

Individual Authority

One must find upon critical review a tremendous similarity of thought and process between Bertolt Brecht’s play Life of Galileo and the recent film Good Night, and Good Luck. They both anticipate and express the challenges faced when an individual confronts society with independent authority. Three such issues can be catalogued as follows: Claims of… View Article

In Man and Superman Shaw Was Not Writing a Regular Play

In Man and Superman Shaw was not writing a regular play; he only united up dialogue, discussion, arguments for the purpose of making them appear as plays. Still the incidents of situations in the play do in one way or the other perpetuate the pursuit of man by woman—of Tanner by Ann. The most interesting… View Article

The Crucible

In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, John Proctor shows his protagonist character by the respectable and honorable man he lives to be. In order to understand why John Proctor is the protagonist of the story, a definition of the word protagonist is indispensable. A protagonist is essentially the main character of a story, mostly known… View Article

Merchant of Venice – a Tragedy or Comedy

* “The tragic feeling is invoked in us when we are in the presence of a character who is ready to lay down his life, if need be, to secure one thing, his sense of personal dignity” – Arthur Miller * Leading up to Shylock’s trial he undergoes a lot of struggle with regards to… View Article

Macbeth and Integrity

There are seeds of self-destruction buried in all of us that will bare only misfortune if allowed to grow. Macbeth’s guilty path to his des Integrity is define as many things, value, honor, morality, and so on. These principles are the gears that run society. Integrity is one’s identity and to maintain it one must… View Article

Irony in Macbeth

Dramatic Irony is the result of information being shared with the audience but withheld from one or more of the characters. Example: In Act 1 Scene 4, line 50 , the witches hail Macbeth, “thane of Cawdor! ” Dramatic irony: At this point, Macbeth is unaware that the king has conferred this honor upon him… View Article

Cause and Effect Essay

In Act Four Scene One Friar Lawrence explains the plan to Juliet, “ Take thou this vial, being then in bed, And this distilled liquor drink thou off, When presently through all thy veins shall run A cold and drowsy humor, for no pulse Shall keep his native progress, but surcease. No warmth, no breath… View Article

Characterisation of Eddie Carbone

Explore the ways a central character is presented in the drama text. Use examples from the text in your response. Eddie Carbone, a 40 year old Italian American Citizen from Sicily, is the tragic protagonist of A view from the Bridge by Arthur Miller. Alfieri, the chorus in the story, first introduces Eddie as a… View Article

The Enchiridion

“The Enchiridion,” by Epictetus is a very interesting piece. This piece emphasizes the different aspects of our lives that we do have control of contrasted to the parts of our lives that we do not have any control of. “Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our… View Article

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Love is one of the most immense feelings a human can experience. Love is a deep tender feeling of affection and attachment and devotion to another person. Countless people experience love, both, as non-romantic with their families and romantic love with a special person who comes into their life. When people are on the expedition… View Article

Raisin in the Sun

Set at an apartment in Chicago’s south side we are introduced to the first Younger – Ruth. The mother of Travis, and wife to Walter. According to the stage direction Ruth was the type of woman one could tell was pretty back in the day, but it is clear that life’s struggles have taken a… View Article

Romeo and Juliet Foreshadowing Their Tragic Love

In the play Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare shows their love as strong and forceful. But through irrational and sudden decisions by the two lovers, the relationship reaches a new height only to fall due to their youth and misguided advice. Juliet is right when she says their love is “too rash, too unadvised, too sudden”… View Article

Antigone

Remember those people who always thought they were right, and they always ended up in trouble for it? I Sophocles’ play Antigone, the main characters Antigone and Creon show how being so hubris can be tragic to your life. Set back in ancient Greece an epic battle takes place and brothers end up killing each… View Article

Essay on Mr Pip and Hamlet – Thirst for Power

Many people want to have a lot of power, but what is often forgotten is that with great power comes great responsibilities. Sadly these responsibilities are not always taken. A thirst for danger can make someone a danger to others. The two works in which this is proven and that will be discussed are the… View Article

Romeo and Juliet

Mercutio (whose name is derived from the word “mercurial,” meaning “volatile”) is Romeo’s sword-fight loving BFF. He never backs down from a duel and, although he’s neither a Montague nor a Capulet, he gets involved in the long-standing family feud on the side of the Montagues and is killed by Tybalt in Act 3, Scene… View Article

Hamlet a Domestic Play or a Commentary on Power Politics

In the early 1600s, the time that “Hamlet” was written, the themes of power politics related to the domestic would have been far more relevant to the audience as at this time, these two themes intertwined particularly within the monarchy which is hereditary meaning that the power comes from family. Again this link is demonstrated… View Article

Repetition in Waiting for Godot

“I can’t go on like this”, with this last phrase Waiting for Godot ends. Although it might not seem a lot by itself, when reading the whole play it is possibly to understand about what is the character of Estragon talking about. He and Vladimir have been waiting for a person called Godot to come… View Article

Marcel Duchamp The Fountain

To begin to understand Marcel Duchamp’s specific piece of art “The Fountain” I delved deep into the history behind the Dada movement, from which Duchamp thrived. This began with an in depth look at Western Europe during World War I, The Dada’s reaction to the World War, and more specifically Marcel Duchamp’s reaction to the… View Article

Fences Research Paper

Lives are lead with anxiety over certain issues and with apprehension towards certain events. This play, Fences written by the playwright August Wilson deals with the progression of a family through the struggles of oppression and the inability to obtain the American Dream. The characters in the play develop throughout the story and can be… View Article

A Midsummer Nights Dream

This play is a love story that is split between four sets of lovers; Hippolyta and Theseus, Hermia and Lysander, Helena and Demetrius and Titania and Oberon. The story begins with a distraught father, Egeus, asking the Duke, Thesus, to bring the law upon his daughter’s, Hermia’s, head. His request is made because he wants… View Article

To What Extent Is the Crucible a Play About Tyranny

Tyranny means oppressive use of absolute power held by an individual leader to enforce obedience by force or threats. Tyranny is clearly present in The Crucible in various characters, but especially Danforth with his authority in the court and Abigail with the influence she gains over the whole village, in particular the girls who participate… View Article

How Is John Proctor Presented in the Crucible

The way in which the protagonist, John Proctor, is presented in The Crucible somewhat changes throughout the play. Firstly, he is presented as quite dominant and violent, however as the story progresses, he is presented still as a violent character but a much more likeable one. He is also one to go with his first… View Article

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

Lord Capulet is partially at fault because he told Juliet to take her time and find someone she loves to get married. As well as Friar Laurence because he made hasty decisions about marrying behind the backs of their parents. Romeo and Juliet because they went behind everyone’s back at such a young age to… View Article