Essays on Shakespeare

An exploration of Shakespeare’s presentation

An exploration of Shakespeare’s presentation of Rome and Egypt in Antony and Cleopatra In the play, Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare presents Rome and Egypt to be very contrasting areas, showing how dissimilar the two places are, such as culture and lifestyle. Although Shakespeare portrays the […]

Shakespeare and Cleopatra

A “strumpet” and her “fool”. Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra are too sordid as characters to ever achieve genuine tragedy- discuss. Antony and Cleopatra’s behaviour at intervals in the play do make her appear a “strumpet” and he her “fool”. However, to solely condemn then as […]

Doth god exact day-labour

“So long as men can breath or eyes can see. So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. ” Another example of the Shakespearean form is sonnet CXVI – “Let me not. ” This sonnet, unlike earlier ones, is not written for or […]

Shakespeare make compelling Drama

Shakespeare makes compelling drama between Falstaff and Hal in many ways and in different scenes. As the personalities and characteristics of these two characters are very different, for example the comical jester amongst other things that is Falstaff clashes with the classical Prince Hal who […]

Shakespeare’s Henry V

Shakespeare’s plays can be divided into three distinct categories: histories, romances and comedies. Henry the fifth is a history. Henry V is the last of four plays by William Shakespeare which tells of the rise of the house of Lancaster. It was written in 1599 […]

How does Shakespeare present Hamlet’s madness throughout the play?

The theme of madness particularly that of Hamlet’s is a major theme and mystery throughout the play. Shakespeare presents Hamlet’s state of mind in such a way that it is not clear whether his disturbed symptoms of madness are a genuine ailment or if Hamlet […]

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s plays that are more ‘light-hearted’. The play is entertaining and Shakespeare uses the genre of comedy to keep his audience interested. He uses several kinds of humour through out the play, and he covers three different storylines […]

Shakespeare in My own Private Idaho

Mark Twain once wrote an entire book about the literary offenses of James Fenimore Cooper. Cooper was a successful and well-known writer whose popular “Last of the Mohicans” has been adapted for the screen twice. Keanu Reeves, like Cooper, has been a popular movie star […]

Shakespeare play

Othello remains one of the more popular Shakespeare play. In fact, lots of books and scholarly essays have been written about this 1604 play, mostly focusing on the race of the protagonist and the important role that the female characters Desdemona and Emilia plays in […]