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Romeo and Juliet: comparison of the 1968 movie, the 1996 movie, and Shakespeare's original text. Romeo and Juliet has been a popular story for over 400 years, either by the play written by Shakespeare, or a poem written earlier than that. In the 20th century, two directors created their own interpretations of the play. In 1968, Franco Zefferelli directed a version of the play where the performers played the part of people in 16th century Verona, Italy. In 1996, Baz Luhrmann took a very cr

Denmark: The Land of Make-Believe In William Shakespeare's, Hamlet, there exists a predominant motif of pretense. Throughout the play, the characters feign emotions in order to achieve their own purposes. Various characters use pretense to hide their true thoughts from each other and to cover up for what evil deeds they have down. In Act I, Claudius, Hamlet and Polonius demonstrate their pretentiousness. Claudius claims to mourn for his "dear brother's death" (I, ii, 1) when actually,

Essay on a soliloquy from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part II William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part II, contains a soliloquy in which King Henry grieves over his difficulty sleeping. Shakespeare illustrates the King's musings through exquisite diction, imagery, and syntax. These literary elements effectively demonstrate the King's state of mind. King Henry's demeanor as he gives this soliloquy is one of great distress and unhappiness. In this soliloquy, the King has a conversation with sle

Good v. Evil In William Shakespeare's King Lear, both good and evil meet with ironic demises. The very brother whom Edmund betrayed is the one who destroys him. Regan's vanity and pretense bring about her downfall. His own good and trusting nature shatter the life of King Lear. These three characters' faults and virtues lead to their utter annihilation. First of all, the downfall of Edmund is ironic in that its instigator is Edgar, the brother Edmund sought to betray. Edmund believed th

Reputation plays a big role in the play Othello written by Shakespeare. Iago uses his reputation as an honest man to deceive Othello and everyone else. Othello's reputation also plays a big role throughout the play. Cassio's changing reputation has a big part in the outcome of the play as well. Iago's reputation played a key role in the play. Everyone thought of Iago as an honest man. "O, that's an honest fellow", "You advise me well... goodnight honest Iago." Iago convinces everyone tha

Studies in Shakespeare 3 October 1995 Falstaff + Hotspur = Prince Hal: Their Actions on the Battlefield Sir John Falstaff has a number of functions in 1 Henry IV, the most obvious as a clownish figure providing comic relief. His many lies and exaggerations entertain because of the wit and cleverness he employs to save himself from paying debts and answering for crimes. He in many ways represents an everyman--a sinner with little shame or honor, who nonetheless maintains at least a

Honesty can be a way of life for many people. For some it can define all that they really are and for others it can define how they view all of their peers, friends, and family. But whichever way you cut it, honesty can affect you greatly and every solitary day. This idea was one of the most specific and open parts of the plot of William Shakespeare's Othello. In the play Shakespeare gives us brilliant insight as to what can happen as a result of believing and trusting in the honesty and words o

Laertes Laertes' habits, traits and actions portray him as a neglectful person, unconcerned about his actions and thus unconscious about his image. Laertes is also shown as a cheating and deceitful person, though it is true that his surrounding and influences from other characters also define his personality. Overall, Laertes' character in the play, is more inclined towards the negative side of man. In the beginning, Laertes is shown as a liberated and idle youth who spends most

In Hamlet, Shakespeare depicts alienation among the younger characters. Trusting no one, Claudius, the new king, and Polonius send out spies to obtain information from others to assure Claudius's rule of Denmark runs smoothly. Claudius killed Old Hamlet for the rule of Denmark and he fears that Hamlet might know of the murder. Both Claudius and Polonius spy on Hamlet to find out if he knows of the murder. Polonius sends his daughter, Ophelia, out to also gain information. Hamlet begins goin

Henry V William Shakespeare's Henry V is a magnificent piece of historical fiction. Shakespeare gives a great account of what might have happened. He also extends his creativity to describe the personal traits of all his characters. One of the main characteristics represented in the story is leadership. The burdens of leadership in Henry V are apparent throughout the novel. Henry has to show his men courage and respect. The hardest parts of the story were when Henry had to rouse his me