...ï»ż1. Contributions of William Shakespeare to English Literature
William ShakespeareÂ was anÂ EnglishÂ poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several shorter poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
William Shakespeare'sÂ influenceÂ extends from theatre and literature to present-day movies and the English language itself.Â Shakespeare transformed European theatre by expanding expectations about what could be accomplished throughÂ characterization, plot, languageÂ andÂ genre.Â Shakespeare's writings have also impacted a large number of notable novelists and poets over the years, includingÂ Herman MelvilleÂ andÂ Charles Dickens,Â and continue to influence new authors even today. Shakespeare is the most quoted writer in the history of theÂ English-speaking worldÂ after the various writers of the Bible, and many of his quotations and neologismsÂ have passed into everyday usage in English and other languages.
Shakespeare made many contributions to English Literature and one of the ones that affect us every day is his contribution to the English language. Shakespeare is called the greatest author in the English language not only because his works are in...
A.P. English Literature and Composition
24 March 2013
Comparison Essay of Comic Characters
Jerry Cruncher from Dickensâ novel A Tale of Two Cities and The Porter from Shakespeareâs play Macbeth are both characters used mainly for comic relief. The authors of these works used comic relief characters to give their readers/audiences a break from the seriousness and intensity. Although both are minorcharacters, they are definitely memorable, especially Jerry Cruncher.
Jerry Cruncher created by Charles Dickens provided comic relief and shed a critical light on social issues. To give a little insight into the comic relief provided by Jerry Cruncher, readers should consider how he referred to himself as âan honest tradesmanâ(Dickens57), itâs ironic because his night job consists of grave robbing. His other line of work includes being a âporterâ for Mr. Lorry at Tellsonâs Bank. Mr. Cruncher was what some would call a peculiar individual. He was portrayed as a mean, short-tempered and superstitious. He is also known for beating his wife which contrasts with one of the main characters, Lucie Manette, perfect home life. Although, Jerry Cruncher was a minor character, he is one of the most memorable in the book, unlike the Porter from Macbeth that appears briefly and is soon forgotten.
The Porter from Shakespeareâs Macbeth is a minor...
...ï»żComparison between Shakespeare and Pinter
Both extracts are obviously dramatic texts, although the differences between Shakespeare and Pinter are considerable. Set in 1592, Shakespeareâs Richard III focuses on the epic story of a man striving to be king at any cost. By contrast, Pinterâs post-modernist concerns highlighted through this âkitchen sink dramaâ focuses on the claustrophic oppressive domestic world of an ordinary family. Shakespeareâs Jacobean reflection is equally as intriguing as Pinterâs view of society in 1965.
Both Shakespeare and Pinter address love as a ploy in order to gain power. Pinter initially portrays the female character being dominated by her brother-in-law. He states, âI tend to get desensitized,â beginning his story about his character and strength. Lenny highlights that âI just gave her a short-arm jab,â to the woman he was initially helping, thus attempting to craft is dominance over Ruth as well. Nonetheless Pinter immediately alters the progression of the scene, Ruth begins to refute against Lennyâs questions. She states, âItâs not in my way.â This simple definitive clause illustrates Ruth as poised and understanding of Lennyâs motives. She follows this with further simple lines such as âNo, I havenâtâ and moves on to call Lenny by his full name, âNot in mine, Leonard.â This evidently begins to display the alteration in power as her using his full name...
...symbol of each representation of Shakespeareâs play is through the power of nature with the storm. With the extensive use of the storm creating the main source of imagery and symbolism, it becomes possible for the audience to comprehend just how strongly the emotions effected the tragic heroes, allowing them to see the change that each character undergoes from their poor judgment and stubbornness. As King Lear and Lord Hidetora give away their power, based on the satisfaction to their ego, they are eventually driven to madness and the storms intensify the natural order of things as they are thrown into havoc. King Lear and Hidetora struggle for deliverance once pathetic fallacy comes into play in determining the transformation of each protagonist through cultural influence, relationship with offspring and self-recognition after destruction.
King Learâs and Hidetoraâs actions and emotional epiphanies that occur are contrasted between climatic elements that come directly from their cultural backgrounds. The cultural aspects of purification and natural forces bring both characters to be forcefully pushed into natureâs cleansing process. William Shakespeare addresses the Western Christian world where the tempest symbolizes purification of the physical and mental body. Lear falls into madness and loses his own sanity when he abandons his daughtersâ homes. On the other hand, Kurosawa connects with the Eastern culture where the fire is...
...William Shakespeare entertains multiple themes throughout his sonnet collection and portays an overarching theme of love. Sir Philip Sydneyâs difficulties with love are shown in his collection of sonnets âAstrophil and Stellaâ. Both poets discuss the complications with love and the desire it creates. For example, in sonnet 1 Sydney has trouble conveying his love but hopes that through these sonnets she (Stella) will understand. Shakespeareâs sonnet 129 as well as Sydney sonnet 109 both mention the reason for their hardships with love: what is fueling their desire. Both are struggling with lust but use different tones, ditcions and reasonings to arrive at the same point.
Shakespeareâs Sonnet 129 is grouped with poems known as the âdarkâ woman sonnets. This set of poems are on the darker side of Shakepeares classic love sonnets. Love is overbearing and causes the speaker to do things he normally wouldnât. He claims that anticipation of sex creates erratic human behavior. Shakespeare uses graphic imagery, âmurderous, bloody, full of blameâ to illustrate his frustration towards the situation (3). He blames his sexual desires and claims that they are driving him to insanity (âmakeâŠ. taker madâ (8)). To him, lust is a sin and is the root of peoples pain. Throughout the poem the order of words tends to be reversed and repeated (âmadâ, âpast reasonâ) to deepen the impression of conflict, as in line 2: âlust in action; and till action, lust.â...
...Every film, concert and play needs characters to act out the themes and ideas of the scriptwriter, such as in the play "Twelfth Night", written by William Shakespeare. There are many characters in the play "Twelfth Night" including Olivia, the Duke, Sebastian and Viola. Each character has his or her own personality traits, distinguishing qualities and purpose in the play. Viola, who is the main character, represents the two themes of love and disguise or mistaken identity in "Twelfth Night".
Viola is a princess, who is shipwrecked on the island of Illyria and fears that she has lost her brother to the sea. Viola has many qualities, her brother, Sebastian, describes her as clever and talented, when he says, "She bore a mind that envy could not but call fair" Line twenty-one Scene One Act two. One will also notice that Viola is resourceful and courageous in Line fifty-four Scene two Act one, when she says "for such disguise as haply shall become", this is the point in the play when Viola decides to disguise herself as a young man. Viola introduces the theme of disguise and mistaken identity by disguising herself as a young man, named Cesario.
Viola, as Cesario, plays the role of a servant, messenger and friend to the Duke of Illyria. The Duke says to Viola, "I have unclasped to thee/my secret soul" Line eleven to twelve Scene four Act one, expressing that he already trusts her and considers her a friend....
...The Road Analysis
Complete with desolate, dreary imagery and a sense of nihilistic depression, Cormac McCarthyâs post-apocalyptic novel âThe Roadâ demands into question the true significance of being alive in the world and whether two individuals, despite their opposite backgrounds, can ban together and survive against all odds. The two protagonists headed south in this novel are highly contrasting from one another in terms of their outlook on life and more or less means of continued existence. Therefore my analysis paper consists of the contrast of the main characters.
When reading Cormac McCarthyâs The Road, I couldnât help being beaten by the contrasts between the two characters that we are set up to follow on their journey. The young boy is innocent, hopeful, accepting, unquestioning and always looks for the shear goodness in another and strives to help the less fortunate despite his own desperate circumstances. His father (referred to as âthe manâ) however is world-wise, distrustful, cautious and apprehensive even as he attempts to project a facade of optimism toward his son. He has seen too much and is furious with the world but now can only assist his biggest yet the best burden (his son) on their long, endless and winding road toward an indeterminate future being painfully aware of what mankind is capable of. Anything that could be seen as a threat towards this oddly paired team is handled differently in the eyes of the interpreted...