Shakespeare Essay Topics

Shakespeare’ The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice is one of the more challenging works of William Shakespeare. When read at face value, it presents a rather problematic tale of Spanish Christians who must suffer the harsh and unrelenting lack of mercy of a Jewish moneylender, which concludes in a rather unsettling fashion by forcing him to convert to… View Article

Love as a Theme in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

A German philospher by the name of Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. ” Love, therefore, can cause some madness in a person and can make him or her forget reason. What then is reason and what then is logic if… View Article

10 Things and Taming of the Shrew Comparison

The playwright of Taming of the Shrew, by Shakespeare, and the film text 10 Things I Hate about You, directed by Gil Junga, convey similar plots, however, the composition of these two texts spreads across 400 years. With this, audiences who have experienced both of these texts can witness the differences of the society within… View Article

The Complete Works of Shakespeare

Helen Keller once said “The Fearful are often caught with the bold. ” This was with reference to danger. She believed that those who avoided danger met danger as often as often as those who confront it. Shakespeare’s Hamlet has its share of the fearful and the bold, and both fearful and bold were met… View Article

Freytag Pyramid of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare

Lysander and Hermia, Demetrius and Helena, Titania and Oberon, Pyramus and Thisbe 1) Exposition: Lysander and Demetrius both want Hermia’s hand in marriage – Lysander because of love, Demetrius because of the position and power it would afford. Demetrius wants to marry Hermia to gain her father’s favor, along with his power and position. Helena… View Article

Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Many authors will utilized the technique of introducing a character that is seemingly unrelated to the protagonist in order to form a basis of comparison. Shakespeare uses the scenes with Prince Fortinbras of Norway in this very manner. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the character of Fortinbras serves to further define and illuminate the character Hamlet. Fortinbras… View Article

Father-Daughter Conflicts in Shakespeare’s Plays

William Shakespeare is a playwright and poet with no need of introduction. He has written several of the most distinguished and well-received plays in the history of literary writing. With so much reflection focused on his works and writings, little is said about Shakespeare’s personal life. It has been generally accepted however that Shakespeare himself… View Article

Ophelia Shakespeare Wife

Ophelia has been known as “the good daughter.” She does whatever is asked of her by any male figure in her life. In the list of characters found in the lay she is simply listed the “daughter of Polonius.” This implies that she is a minor character who still “belongs” to her father. Amanda Mabillard… View Article

Shakespeare’s Othello

Shakespeare’s Othello, as a tragedy, offers a plot and theme which are so closely connected that one can only be interpreted in regard to the other. For example, Othello’s pride is explored through the use of irony while, during the course of the play, Iago manipulates Othello (along with the other characters) into progressively more… View Article

Globe Theatre

We do not know much about Shakespeare’s life. He comes from the small provincial town Stratford that lies on the Avon. His father was a workman, and he was a member of the town council; and he was also the mayor of the town for three years. Shakespeare most likely went to Stratford Grammar School,… View Article

Does the Brutal Truth in Sonnet 130

Does the brutal truth in Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 130’ and Swift’s ‘A beautiful Young Nymph going to bed’, take away from the beauty of the two poems. Beauty and aesthetics can be defined as “Nothing more nor less, than sensitivity to the sublime and the beautiful and an aversion to the ordinary and ugly”, this means… View Article

Macbeth

In Shakespeares famous play, Macbeth, the themes of murder, guilt, ambition and the ruthless pursuit of power is explored. He does this through the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth who are tied together in an eerie search for absolute power. Throughout the play, Macbeth reveals many traits that have horrible consequences for Macbeth himself… View Article

Julius Caesar

A perspective is a representation of a particular event, situation or personality formulated due to varying ideologies prevalent within a particular time period. As such we see, persuasive texts endeavor to utilise the fears within our context, in order to instigate an emotive response through the use of manipulative language, which ultimately leads to the… View Article

Close Analysis on Hippolyta a Midsummer Nights Dream

Hippolyta is a dominant character in the play; A Midsummer night’s dream. Some views on the play may suggest that Shakespeare represented her as the Queen- Queen Elizabeth I. This may be illustrated through Act 4 Scene 1 where Hippolyta marries Theseus and becomes the Queen of the Amazons. Shakespeare bases Hippolyta’s character on the… View Article

The Tempest – Character Relationships

In William Shakespeare’s play, the Tempest, the main theme centers on the idea of power and how the desire for it is the basic motivation for humans. Some of the issues dealt with in The Tempest, are the desire for control, power imbalance and challenging authority. Through the construction of the characters in the play,… View Article

A Filmic Analysis of Hamlet

Shakespeare’s Hamlet inspired many film directors to adapt the play onto the big screen. In Kenneth Branagh’s version, he takes on the challenge of both directing the film and portraying Hamlet. In Marco Zeferelli’s edition, celebrated actor Mel Gibson stars as Hamlet. The directors use different aspects of cinematography and mise-en-scene to depict distinctive interpretations… View Article

Shakespeare vs Ran Comparison

One of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies ever written, King Lear, is one that deals with many aspects of human condition. It is recognized as a difficult and complex play, but Kurosawa’s Japanese interpretation, Ran, allows the audience to come to a better and more obvious understanding of the events and emotions that are portrayed in King… View Article

Othello and Reputation

Othello is tragedy written by William Shakespeare, that demonstrates the power and strength of reputation. The play describes how Othello and Desdemona attempt to build a life together, disregarding their difference in age and race. Although soon after their marriage, an envious Iago uses cunning lies to sabotages their once healthy relationship. Reputation plays a… View Article

Shakespeare Sonnet 129

Sonnet 129 is an interesting poem in Shakespeare’s set of sonnets, supposedly, addressed to his dark mistress. This sonnet is full figurative language and other poetic devices that let the reader know exactly how the poet feels about the emotions and dangers associated with lust. He also uses interesting punctuation choices that create the flow… View Article

Iago Manipulates

In the play Othello, written by William Shakespeare, the antagonist Iago manipulates other characters. He makes them act in ways that benefits his plan of destroying Othello by making him believe that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with his lieutenant, Michael Cassio. In the beginning of the play, Roderigo who is in love… View Article

First Poem for You

The Shakespearean sonnet “First Poem for You” has an iambic pentameter and consistent rhyme scheme. Every other line represents a true rhyme – the final accented vowels and all succeeding consonants or syllables are identical. For example the words “complete” and “neat” (Addonizio 1, 3). Every line of the poem has a basic stressed and… View Article

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Book or Movie

Personally, I prefer the original play of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” only slightly more than the film adaption that was recreated in the late 1990’s. Not only had William Shakespeare managed to fully grasp the meaning of true love, but had also comprehended the dark times that came alongside such an influential and overpowering emotion…. View Article

Critical Analysis of Mark Antony’s Funeral Speech

Of all Shakespeare’s works , Julius Caesar is a play that hinges upon rhetoric – both as the art of persuasion and an artifice used to veil intent. The most striking of Shakespeare is his command of language. In Mark Antony’s funeral oration for Caesar, we have not only one of Shakespeare’s most recognizable opening… View Article

King Lear

In William Shakespeare’s outstanding play, “King Lear”, we witness the break down in Britain that is a tragedy. The title character King Lear is the person who should to be blamed. The first crucial event triggers this tragedy is that King Lear banishes his little daughter, Cordelia from the Kingdom. The king of France, who… View Article

No Fear Shakespeare

In English class, everyone lets out loud groans when they hear about their next units: Shakespeare. With the class complaining about the hard language and the difficulty of understanding the plays, the teacher might grow exasperated and let them read the infamously talked about book No Fear Shakespeare. The teachers are doing question thing when… View Article

Julius Caesar

The play Julius Caesar by William Shakespear, contains no true friendships. Friendship is an important element in the play and it also seals the protagonist’s, Julius Caesar’s, fate. The friendships in the play are used to blind Caesar from the truth and the plots against him. Little gestures the main characters bring about provide trust… View Article

Hamlet Theme Analysis

In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet, the title character’s logical soliloquies, and over thinking of situations inhibit his abilities to act on his passions. It’s safe to say that Hamlet was a logical and reasonable person right from the start. In the society he was raised in most actions carried out through passion were considered taboo…. View Article

Hamlet

Hamlet represents many things: tragic hero, over-thinking educated man, and poor friend. He is also a revolutionary, a philosopher, and a dreamer, and reconciling these good qualities with the bad proves as maddening for the audience as it does to Hamlet himself. However, what is often lost in the shuffle of Christian theologies in the… View Article