William Shakespeare Essay Topics

William Shakespeare

The full title of the book is Julius Caesar. It is a tragic play that shows the life of Julius Caesar, the Roman leader and his betrayal behind by his friend and associate, Brutus. It clearly portrays the conspiracy initiated by roman senators led by Cassius incorporating Marcus Brutus, his assassination and the concomitant events… View Article

The Tempest: A Critical Analysis

I have answered the following question (my thesis is underlined): 3) It has been theorized that Shakespeare based the character Prospero on himself. Where can you see this? What do Prosper and the play reveal about the theater? How does Prosperos final monologue finally reveal? In his play The Tempest Shakespeare gives us an allegory… View Article

An Analysis of Freytag’s Five Steps in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

In this essay I will analyze William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” using Gustav Freytag’s five phases which are: exposition, point of conflict, rising action, climax, and denouement.  I will first begin with the exposition phase.  The exposition phase includes a description of the chief protagonist and antagonist as well as a description of their conflict and… View Article

The Use of Power in Julius Caesar

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is a play about a political killing. It is a tragedy of an assassin who is too honourable to succeed. It is a story about civil war, about revenge and regretted decisions. Julius Caesar is fundamentally about power – it reveals the processes how it works and implications it has to individuals…. View Article

The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare

“Proteus is an early sea-god and one of several deities whom Homer calls the “Old Man of the Sea”. His name suggests the “first”, as protogonos is the “firstborn”. He became the son of Poseidon in the Olympian or of Nereus and Doris, or of Oceanus and a Naiad, and was made the herdsman of… View Article

Self-Deception in Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night by Shakespeare is a play about disguise and deception. But the most subtle form of deception that Shakespeare portrays is self deception. Most of the major and minor characters are afflicted with the malady of self deception. However, some of them recognize this self-deception by their own wisdom or come across some events… View Article

The Women of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

William Shakespeare’s plays often pitted men against their women in order to move the action of his plays. Strong women, however, often seemed to move against each other, as well as moving against the their male relatives and the current or future mates. The women in Shakespeare’s plays were not afraid to compete for knowledge,… View Article

The Western Canon

In The Western Canon, Bloom’s romanticism finds expression in his sense that great works of literature are always strange, or, in Freud’s sense, uncanny. Sitting down to reread Paradise Lost, Bloom is overwhelmed by ‘the terrifying strangeness of what is being presented’ which seems closer to science fiction or literary fantasy than heroic epic. Bloom’s… View Article

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare is considered as one of the greatest authors in world literature.  As a playwright, he had written some of most popular and widely read plays, which include “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.” Summary             The play is generally about the death of Julius Caesar.  The story revolves around the events that lead to… View Article

Thumbs Up or Down on Shakespeare

Shakespeare is famous for variety of good reasons. He is a clever writer who presented his works with depth and purpose. He deserves all the thumbs up he could possibly get. Here are three reasons for those thumbs ups. First, like what I’ve pointed out earlier, his works were cleverly written and very deep in… View Article

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus is a story of lust, murder, revenge, rape, insanity, and depraved denizens entirely deprived of conscience—the very ingredients from which nightmares are made.  But whose nightmare is it?  Perhaps it might belong to everyone—dead, alive, and those that will live in the future.  Themes of family, betrayal, and tragedy are as old as… View Article

All the World by William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare has been considered the greatest poet of all times. Only school educated, this great poet acquired fame because he had an extraordinary power of observation which he tempered with his brilliant imagination that gave a creative boost to his art. He was also gifted with unique taste of music which helped him to… View Article

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

“I am always directed by you” – Mariana “I am directed by you” – Isabella. Both these lines are addressed to the Duke. What do they suggest about women status in this play? What other evidence can you find to support your view? Measure for Measure is a play written by William Shakespeare in the… View Article

An Analysis of William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

Renaissance humanists believed that if you want to build a moral society, you must begin with the facts of human nature. Basically, this means that their beliefs are rooted on what can be seen, touched, and heard. Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream crossed the boundaries of humanism and Shakespeare actually put in the play… View Article

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Fairy>. Oberon, Titania Titania displays her ability to be in love but never be ability to find true love. Her feelings for Oberon, Nick, and the changeling are swayed very easily and without notice. When Titania is obsessed with Oberon but becomes intimately attached to the changeling child. However, when Titania is again sprinkled with… View Article

Twelfth Night Response

As you know, Twelfth Night is a comedy and comedies are `supposed` to have happy endings. Indeed the ending is quite happy for most of the characters including Orsino, Olivia, Viola, Sevastian, and even Toby and Maria. The ending is far less happy, however, for a few of the characters including Antonio, Sir Andrew, and… View Article

Appearance vs. Reality in Twelfth Night

Theme of Appearance vs Reality is pervasive throughout the play and its various facets are manifested through various thematic expressions. At the very start of the play, the most subtle aspect of Appreance vs Reality is presented in the form of Orsino’s conviction of love for Olivia. He becomes a victim to fictitious idealism as… View Article

Love And Disguise In The Twelfth Night

The art of love suggests that this complex emotion cannot be easily defined; it must instead be conceptualized within the confines of language and images.  One writer that mastered this presentation of love is William Shakespeare. Through his sonnets and plays, he immortalized the concept of love for readers of all generations.  His comedy Twelfth… View Article

Macbeth vs Hamlet

Both Hamlet and Macbeth (the plays) are considered tragedies and both main characters are considered tragic heroes so you might begin there with your comparison. One of Hamlet’s problems in the play is that he takes a long time to seek the revenge he promised his father’s ghost that he would seek. He tends to… View Article

Politics and Hierarchy in Shakespeares As You like It

In William Shakespeare’s play, As you Like It, there are lots of interesting themes which both drive the action and speak to the culture that the author lived in. Among those interesting themes are the classic Shakespearean ideal of love, issues dealing with family relationships, and perhaps more importantly, politics and hierarchy. In this comedy,… View Article

Rosalind And Celia The Main Character

1. As you like it is full of characters pretending to be someone other than themselves. To what degree are the characters aware that they are role playing? Does their acting have serious consequences, or is it merely a game. In the text as you like it by William Shakespeare many characters have alter egos… View Article

Biography of William Shakespeare

In the mid-sixteenth century, William Shakespeare’s father, John Shakespeare, moved to the idyllic town of Stratford-upon-Avon. There, he became a successful landowner, moneylender, glove-maker, and dealer of wool and agricultural goods. In 1557, he married Mary Arden. John Shakespeare lived during a time when the middle class was expanding in both size and wealth, allowing… View Article

Midsummer Night’s Dream as a Comedy

Q. In what ways is A Midsummer Night’s Dream a Shakespearean comedy? A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a classic Shakespearean romantic comedy. A genre, that attempts to catch the viewer’s heart with the combination of love and humor. It is light-hearted and usually places the protagonists in a humorous situation. It is one of the… View Article

William Shakespeare: the Greatest Writer

Thesis Statement: William Shakespeare: Often called England’s National Poet, the Bard of Avon, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, the world’s pre-eminent dramatist and is an author who inspired and influenced the writer of our time. Outline: I. Introduction Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright during his days. Many of… View Article

A History of Elizabethan Theatre

* Stage Shape and Configuration: The size of amphitheatre varied up to 100 feet in diameter. The stage shape was octagonal, circular in shape having between 8 and 24 sides. The open air arena, called the ‘pit’ or the ‘yard’, had a raised stage at one end and was surrounded by three tiers of roofed… View Article

A Midsummer Nights Dream Journal

I am personally not a big fan of Shakespeare although by reviewing the play A Midsummer night’s dream, I’m starting to like Shakespeare’s different ideas and how most of his writing and plays involve falling in love and such. This play is mostly about four couples falling in love with the wrong person because they… View Article

Sonnet 116 Theme Analysis

“Sonnet 116”, William Shakespeare’s most famous sonnet, describes the trials true love faces, but also how no matter what, love is an ever present hope. Love is constantly being tested through outside forces, and time’s unavoidable influence upon it. For love to work and be strong, the couple must “[a]dmit impediments” and flaws as time… View Article

Disguise in Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night is one of William Shakespeare’s so-called transvestite comedies that features a female disguising herself as a young man. This concept might be difficult to grasp by today’s audience but during Shakespeare’s time it was not unusual for female roles to be played by young boys. Every character in the play is involved in… View Article

Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender in the Tempest

In Shakespeare’s play, ‘The Tempest’, the characters of Prospero and Caliban, represent two different extremes on the social spectrum: the ruler, and the ruled. Their positions on the social hierarchy are largely due to the fact that Caliban responds almost wholly to passions, feelings of pleasure; his senses, while Prospero is ruled more by his… View Article

The Shakespeare Authorship Conspiracy

William Shakespeare was one of the most popular playwrights in history. With 38 plays, 154 sonnets and many other poems, Shakespeare’s work has been performed around the world more often than any other playwright. One gentleman, Hank Whittemore, created a blog that is strictly related to the notion that William Shakespeare was a pen-name of… View Article