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A 6 page essay on the artistic means by which Shakespeare brings about harmony—or resolution of the message—in the play. The writer compares and contrasts Act II:1 and Act V:3 with the other scenes to show how harmony is brought about through symbolism, characterization and theme. Bibliography lists 1 source.

A 10 page paper which examines if William Shakespeare's social commentaries (as represented by three plays) were financially motivated or if he was trying to prove something. Specifically considered is how Shakespeare was able to diplomatically handle the political and religious aspects of his plays in order to secure funding for them, i.e., what he ...

A 5 page paper on this romantic tragedy by William Shakespeare. The paper analyzes how Shakespeare's metaphoric usage of light and dark in this play contributes to our understanding of the characterization of the star-crossed lovers. No additional sources cited.

A 3 page paper which examines specific scenes from each play to demonstrate how Shakespeare employed lyric poetry to achieve dramatic effect. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

This insightful and analytical 8 page paper compares the deaths of two of Shakespearean characters : Juliet (Romeo & Juliet) and Cleopatra (Antony & Cleopatra). The thesis is argued that while their two stories did indeed have many similarities, Juliet's death was a much more effective one from a literary standpoint as Cleopatra's death ...

A 5 page paper which compares and contrasts how the figurative language conjures sexual images that reflect the couples’ feelings for each other. No additional sources are used.

An 8 page paper which examines the existence of opposites in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” No additional sources cited.

A 3 page paper which examines three similarities – how social structure is a barrier to true love, the role of outsiders in keeping the lovers separated, and the tragic sense that these love affairs are doomed in the mortal world and can only be fully realized in death – between the featured protagonist love ...

This 9 page report discusses the fact that there are certain comic elements in Shakespeare’s best-known play, “Romeo and Juliet.” Shakespeare weaves the humorous into the tragic and the result is one that is all the more realistic because of its multi-dimesionality. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

This 5 page report discusses Elizabethan theater, the movie “Shakespeare in Love,” and the time periods represented in the work of Shakespeare. Reference is made to Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” in describing the plots of “star-crossed” lovers and how they are represented in the movie. For various movie scenes, a quote from “Romeo and Juliet” is used in ...

An 8 page paper describing the way Shakespeare's use of imagery supports the tragic elements in the story and in fact makes the ending easier to accept because the audience (reader) perceives it as inevitable. Bibliography lists 6 additional critical sources --cited.

This 7 page paper discusses the way Shakespeare handles death in "Romeo and Juliet," "Macbeth" and "Hamlet." Bibliography lists 6 sources.

This 6 page paper discusses the idea of a true union as found in “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Bibliography lists 3 sources.

5 pages. This paper answers several questions about Shakespeare's famous Romeo and Juliet. Important commentary is included regarding the meaning of the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Also reviewed are the differences between Shakespeare's work and that of Arthur Brooke's Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet. Finally, viewpoints are given about ...

An 11 page paper which compares and contrasts two of William Shakespeare's most tragic heroines, Desdemona in "Othello" and Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet," and specifically considers the way each comes to grief by different means. Bibliography lists 1 source.

This 7 page paper explores the concept of romantic love primarily through the eyes of William Shakespeare. 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' are discussed in respect to the concept. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

An 8 page paper which examines how William Shakespeare expresses the themes of love and death in the characters of his play, "Romeo and Juliet," and in his "Sonnet 130," considering how they are represented both literally and figuratively. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 6 page paper which examines how the plays reflect Shakespeare’s contention that although human beings always express a preference for reason, they are inevitably ruled far more strongly by their passions. No additional sources are used.

A 5 page paper looking at Mercutio’s speech on fairies and dreams in William Shakespeare’s play. The paper argues that the speech, which begins as a sweet little fantasy, seems to tumble out of control into violence much like the love motif of the play. No additional sources.

A 5 page paper which examines how two of Shakespeare’s plays take the reader from light-hearted, or comedic, to serious or tragedy. The plays discussed are “Romeo and Juliet” and “Winter’s Tale.” No additional sources cited.

A 6 page paper which examines how Shakespeare’s tragedy reflects the dueling and feuding culture of Elizabethan England. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

9 pages in length. The characters of Shakespeare's tragedy address the sadder side of reality, a side where aberration serves as the underlying conflict. Inasmuch as Romeo and Juliet's true love ultimately lures them into a premature death, one may readily argue that they completely lost sight of the one thing to which ...

3 pages. Issues concerning Petrachan love are explored through the language and structure of "The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare. Romeo assumed the posture of that great Italian author of sonnets, Petrarch, and became a courtly lover to Juliet. No additional sources cited.

A 5 page paper which examines how William Shakespeare employed the popular Elizabethan literary style of couplets and quatrains in his tragic play, "Romeo and Juliet." Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 5 page essay that examines how two films, Zeffirelli (1968) and Luhrmann (1996), present Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, concentrating on the characterization of Juliet in the balcony scene. The writer argues that this characterization reflects on the status of women in society in general as a "temptress" of masculinity. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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