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Othello Portia and Desdemona

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The Merchant of Venice and Othello

...At most instances, both characters seem to embody the stereotypes placed upon them: Othello commits the murder of his wife after which he laments the by saying “like the base India, threw a pearl away/Richer than all his tribe”. The reader has to figure out the meaning of this quote and judge whether Othello has succumbed to “Moor stereotype: his haughty speech has been lowered to a point of addressing himself as a “base Indian”, being cast out of the society for being unfit. It would ...

Themes of The Crucible that makes it enduring and universal

...The theme of empowerment, hysteria and reputation are both enduring and universal in “The crucible” because these ideas are present all over the world and will continue until the end of mankind. This means in modern life, people are still hysterical to societal matters concerning to racism, people still try to retain reputation in the society and also people achieve power under no circumstances. This play enlighten the readers on how ideas are enduring all over the wor...

Parents and children in Romeo and Juliet

...Lord Capulet and his wife are shown to care for Juliet, and at first it seems that Capulet is reluctant for her to leave the family home through marriage. He argues that Juliet “is yet a stranger in the world”; the word “stranger” shows that he feels she is too inexperienced to marry, and that she should perhaps be older and have had more life experience before marrying. This idea is continued when he encourages Paris to wait for “two more summers” to have passed “Ere we may think ...

Abigail Should Be Regarded as a Victims of the Puritan Society

...On the last night of my joy, some eight months past. […] I beg you, sir, I beg you—see what she is. My wife, my dear good wife, took this girl soon after, sir, and put her out on the highroad. And being what she is, a lump of vanity […] (Miller 110). John Proctor would rather sacrifice his reputation than harming those innocent people including his wife. He makes his mind up to save Elizabeth and expose the Abigail’s true face at the same time. This reveals Proctor’s emotions toward Ab...

Romeo and Juliet blame essay

...The Friar is not very observant because he keeps causing destruction and stillmakes mistakes. Friar John to deliver a letter to Romeo that was supposed to inform him of Juliet’s death plan. Friar Lawrence is an expert in the use of seemingly mystical potions and herbs, so he insists that Juliet would use this potion/remedy for her death plan. “If rather than to marry Paris/ I’ll give thee remedy” (ROM VI l 71-72) She drinks this to fall into a coma and pretend to be dead. Romeo, becaus...

Comparison Paragraph of Macbeth and Othello

...This heightens Macbeth's internal disturbance by the constant pressure laid on by Lady Macbeth. The metaphor is used throughout the whole play as Lady Macbeth sees a “spot” on her hand and, at the end of the play when Macbeth’s downfall is imminent, it is said that “His secret murders” are “sticking on his hands.” The outcome is inevitable because Macbeth will not wash his hands clean and the audience knows that this will end in his own death creating drama and tension. Before in t...

Compare and Contrast: Death of a Salesman & Oedipus

...Tying all these elements together the two main protagonist become the major point of most of the similarities between Oedipus the King and Death of a Salesman. Their behavior and personality reflect that of prideful man who hides behind false bravados and confidence in attempts to avoid their problems. Their attempts to avoid the problem lie in the way they handle situations with anger and a feeling as though they were under criticism. All this brings the plays to a full circle, having the two m...

Romeo and Juliet "The Balcony Scene" Worksheet

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The Role of Fate in Oedipus Rex

...In the end, as the truth dawns on him, he cries out in acceptance of the superiority of the gods: “It was Apollo, friends, it was Apollo. He brought on these troubles…” Paradoxically, the intervention of the prophecy in Oedipus’ life also becomes a reason for his downfall. Had the Oracle of Delphi told him clearly that Polybus and Merope were not his real parents, Oedipus might have suspected that the woman he was marrying could be his real mother. By keeping him in the dark about his pa...

Friar Lawrence Is to Blame for Death of Romeo and Juliet

...The bad advice keeps coming. Hold, daughter. "I do spy a kind of hope, Which craves as desperate an execution, As that is desperate which we would prevent. If, rather than to marry County Paris,"When Juliet turns to Friar Lawrence in desperation because her parents are forcing her to marry Paris, the Friar concocts the crazy scheme for Juliet to fake her own death. He tells her that if she has the strength to take her own life rather than marry Paris, than she should have the strength to preten...

Of mice and Men theme- friendship

...the story, Lennie confesses to “doing another bad thing” (44) but George just brushes it off, saying, “It don’t make no difference” (13). At the beginning, however, George admits to Slim that he had done something bad to Lennie and in this case Lennie forgives him. Throughout any relationship there are bound to be ups and downs and George and Lennie maintain a healthy friendship by forgiveness. Steinbeck gave George’s character quite a big heart because he may complain about his misf...

McCarthyism and the Crucible

...McCarthyism and the Salem Witch Trials were very complex events in history. From false accusations, fear, public humiliation and also public hysteria, these two events played a big role in the history of the United States. McCarthyism was the fear of communism and in the Crucible it was the fear of witchcraft. The United States has faced many potential problems with fear and these two problems being an example of this concept. Both McCarthyism and the Salem Witch Trials were different events bu...

Romeo and Juliet: The Characteristics of Lord Capulet

...Not only is he caring to his family, he also shows courtesy towards his friends and guests. At the masquerade, Lord Capulet displayed his courtesy when he explains to Tybalt, his nephew, that Romeo, “…like a portly gentlemen,”/ where “Verona brags of him/ To be a virtuous and well-govern’d youth/ Here in my house do him disparagement” (I.v. 65-69). Although there is a long standing feud between the Capulet and Montague family, Lord Capulet overlooked their family’s dispute and allo...

Romeo and Juliet: Heroes and Villains

...Finally, this quote shows Paris to be heroic in two ways. Firstly, he did not call for the immediate removal of Romeo or his execution as a banished citizen, which he should have rightly done, especially being Prince Escalus’ son. Secondly he talks of his love for Juliet and nothing else even as he dies. The use of commas, shows his last breaths, as Shakespeare breaks up the sentences to show that he can barely speak, because of the near presence of his death. The fact that Paris does not look...

Literary analysis of the crucible

...Arthur Miller’s, peculiar, use of diction gives the readers the feeling of the story taking place in the 1690’s. He also uses figurative language to exaggerate and put emphasis on things. One other thing that Miller does really well is use syntax to show how some characters are educated more than others. Arthur Miller uses these three things to tell the story of The Crucible in an exciting and eventful way. Because, he does this he makes a story that could be as boring as watching paint dry,...

Graded Assignment: Characterization in Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet: Are they in love?

...While love seems to be a good thing, it’s often painful, causing many problems. For Romeo and Juliet, their love for each other was their ultimate demise. Living without the other was so unbearable that they both had to commit suicide. Based on Aristotle’s three levels of friendship, Romeo and Juliet’s relationship starts out as utility and grows into pleasure and finally into complete love. During Romeo and Juliet, both main characters mature rapidly over a small span of time, merely five...

Othello and heart of darkness

...In conclusion, both Othello and Heart of Darkness pertain to Racism and Jealousy which applies in their own way. In Heart of Darkness The Manager was jealous of Kurtz for Kurtz’s success and popularity, meanwhile in Othello, Lago was jealous of the fact that he didn’t get a promotion. Jealousy can basically destroy lives. As for Racism, there’s no point in it. In Othello, it was different from the way jealousy was applied in Heart of Darkness because the author in Heart of Darkness stated ...

Integrity

...Ed Murrow also shared those qualities. The film Good Night, and Good Luck tells the story of McCarthyism, Joseph McCarthy used the fear of communism to wrongly jail citizens. Ed Murrow is the host of Good Night, and Good Luck on CBS. He sees the wrong in McCarthy’s actions and decides to take a stand and tell the public his view. His entire career is in jeopardy, even himself exposing the lies of his profession for justice, “We have currently a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing i...

Of Mice and Men

...In my opinion is the only reason that George stayed with Lennie because he could not survive without him due to his fear of loneliness and his lack of employment opportunities without Lennie. Yet even though they haveeach other they are still lonely s the only have each other to depend on and no one else. Lennie and George decided to be alone together as it would mean that they would be safe. Due to the fact that Lennie was mentally disabled he got into a lot of trouble and George knew that some...

Comparative Essay - Macbeth

...Similarly in the play the three witches return to Macbeth, with three apparitions. The first warning him of Macduff, the second, reassures his power, and the third explains he shall never be vanquished until Birham wood comes upon Dunsinane. The witches for a second time had manipulated Macbeth into believing he to be invincible and that no body can harm him. Thus causing Macbeth to view people merely as removable objects in his ultimate conquest for victory, as he continues to murder his best f...

The Importance of Being Earnest: A tale of Victorian mockery

...In conclusion, The Importance of being Earnest is not just a trivial play, but a complex mockery of the social standards of that time period. He uses triviality as the guise to unwind his message about the most certain hypocrisy that occupied society during that time. He uses his comedic superficiality, wickedness of Victorian mockery, and literary repression in the characters to get his full purpose of the work across. This play is so cleverly written that it continues to be a go-to piece of w...

Thea 101

...They have found the meaning of their lives, and comparing with those who have lost themselves, Romeo and Juliet are the real happy ones. Dear audience, maybe you have already found the love and the meaning of your life; maybe you are still on your road of finding true love or seeking for freedom and true self; maybe you have lost in this world that is too complicated and filled with temptations. However, no matter what you are going through right now, I believe Romeo and Juliet can let you feel...

Romeo and Juliet Movie Comparison

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Shakespeare - Sonnet 116 Analysis and Interpretation

...This metaphor makes the message more clear, because you can imagine this star guiding the lost sailors in the middle of the ocean and you understand the meaning of the words in an other way than if he had just written: “love is priceless”. In the third quatrain, he begins with: “Love is not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks within his bending sickle’s compass come.” First of all, “Love is not time’s fool” is a personification, because “time” is given a human quality ...

The Crucible and Mccarthyism

...There were many however, who could see through McCarthy’s façade and did not comply with the H.U.A.C (House Un-American Activities Committee) investigations. Among those suspected was Arthur Miller, who had been accused of associating with communists. From his personal experience and disgust at the treatment of minority groups he wrote The Crucible. Arthur Miller used a historical American event to parody the actions of McCarthy and the uproar he created. From Millers deliberate actions we g...

The ways Steinbeck creates dislike of and sympathy for Curley’s wife in his novel "Of Mice and Men"

...Although we see this different side to Curley’s wife, Candy still has his misogynistic opinion of Curley’s wife, ‘Ever’body knowed you’d mess things up’ this show that Candy blames Curley’s wife for what has happened even though Lennie was the one who murdered Curley’s wife. Candy’s lack of sympathy towards her creates more sympathy from the reader. Steinbeck does this to show that Women got blamed for what the men did even if they had nothing to do with it. In conclusion, Curl...

Romeo and Mercutio as Contrast Characters

...This is very different to how Romeo views dreams because he evidently thinks that dreams are very reliable as he says that it wouldn’t make sense to go to the ball, purely based on the fact that he had ‘dreamt a dream.’ This demonstrates how he believes that his dream would be a reliable source to base his decisions on. Also Mercutio think that dreams are powerless and ridiculous. This is evident through the quote ‘O’er lady’s lips, who straight kisses dream.’ Ladies desire love, a...

Macbeth’s Tragic Flaw

...of enemies near his castle. However, that message was misinterpreted, as so did the others, as the trees were “moving” towards the castle. As a result, by assuming literally that the trees themselves could not move, he had let his castle be surrounded by the English force, ultimately losing everything. Therefore, in believing the messages from the apparitions, Macbeth’s ambition fed his gullibility, leading him to turn a blind eye on situations which normally would be looked upon. All of w...

Examine the Way Shakespeare Presents the Relationship Between Romeo and Rosaline and Romeo and Juliet in the Early Parts of the Play

...She is rich in beauty, only poor. That, when she dies, with beauty dies her store| Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!| Thus from my lips by thine sin is purged| I know not how to tell thee who I am| Feather of leadBright smokeCold fireSick health| she hath Dians wit, and, in strong proof of chastity well armed| My grave is like to be my wedding bed| As a rich jewel in an Ethiops ear. So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows.| Bright angel Winged messenger of heaven| Star crossed lover...

The Portrayal of Women and Their Position in Society in Miller’s the Crucible

...The tyrant in every situation must fear something in the people he oppresses which is why he feels the need to have authority over them. In this case the tyrants would be the men and their fear of women seems overwhelming. The Puritans strict belief in demons and witchcraft is part of the reason it was so easy to believe the lies told by the girls. If you were not with them in believing you were against them. The ignorance of the people in the 1690’s regarding these things is what gives Abigai...

Romeo and Juliet Movie Analysis

...Many people will have their opinions on which movie version they liked better, which movie told the better story, which movie had the better plot, but Romeo and Juliet, the original 1968 version not only follows the plot and theme, but also gives you the way many people would’ve imagined it before they saw the new 1996 version. But if you are to see any Romeo and Juliet version first, I’d suggest the 1968 version so that you can understand better how things were back when Romeo and Juliet we...

Many Headed Hydra Summary

...With these problems at hand, Virginia Company of London were having difficulty establishing authority when it comes to dealing with the people who are living in the Virginia. Due to their inability to do what they were assigned, the officers decided to use military discipline as their way to maintain order. The chapters contains historical references regarding the English historical background when it comes to their colonization and the events that led to the problems that was to come in their w...

Tragedy involves the downfall of a hero as a result of his tragic flaw

...It can therefore be concluded that although the tragic flaw plays a large part in the inciting of the hero’s tragic flaws, it is the interaction between the context, characters and the hero’s actions which ultimately brings about his demise. In Othello the foil of Iago in conjunction with the innocent nuances of other characters, dramatic irony and Othello’s insecurity which gives rise to his fatal flaws of jealousy, misplaced trust and hubris and it is only through the interplay between e...

Romeo and Juliet Essay Love vs Violence

...Another act that explores the idea of hatred is also again Act 3, Scene 1 The fight amongst Mercutio, Tybalt and Romeo. This quote takes place in the insults before Tybalt ask Romeo to fight. The quote is a combination of hatred and prejudice that Tybalt has. “Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford no better term than this: thou art a villain,” this show all hatred for Romeo cause. Tybalt explains that the only thing he could call him is a villain. This is linked to the theme of the Love as ...

Psychoanalysis of Iago

...Without any of these traits the plot of this novel would dramatically change. Iago is a direct cause for most of the events in the novel such as Othello becoming suspicious of Desdemona or the deaths of some of the characters. Without these traits Iago would no longer act like a sociopath and therefore he would no longer be the antagonist. The character Iago is very much a sociopath. He lacks sympathy for others and will take advantage of them given the chance. His lack of a superego accounts f...


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❓ Othello: a noble character who loses but ultimately regains our sympathy

...She asserts her innocence, but Othello smothers her. Again, I have no compassion for this act whatsoever. Desdemona did not deserve to die “a guiltless death”. After realisin the truth, Othello is crushed “Are there no stones in heaven but what ...

❓ How does Steinbeck present the relationship between George and Lennie in "Of Mice and Men"

...Steinbeck could be showing that relatiosnhips don't last forever, as george killed lennie in the end. Perhaps people knew this hence why they didn't try to build relationships because they knew what the outcome would be like. There's more pain in kno ...

❓ Who Is to Blame for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet

...Overall, I would say it is Romeo’s fault the most. It is understandable that their parents didn’t let them marry because of the grudge between the families. If their wasn’t this grudge, they wouldn’t have died but the parent’s didn’t know ...

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