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A 5 page paper analyzing the use of the techniques and structures of comedy in these two works. The paper notes that because Shakespeare wrote in the Elizabethan era and Dryden during the Restoration, their differing sensibilities cause them to write a play that was natural and charming on the one hand and formal and ...

A 5 page paper that argues the thesis that the influence that William Shakespeare's writings had upon his own life can be detected among the body of his work. Discussed are two major factors that played a role in this influence - his love and patriotism toward England and its monarchial principles and his ...

The comedies of Shakespeare are often the forum for comment concerning the assignment of gender roles that were true for the Elizabethan society of which he was a part. Under the auspices of the pen and the play he was able to portray women in ways that were not generally acceptable. The characters of Rosalind ...

This 4-page paper discusses the relationship between families and society, while defining the symbolic interaction theory and the family stress theory. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

This 3 page paper discusses the history of the First Folio of Shakespeare's works and the controversy surrounding it. Includes short expository speech. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

This 5 page report discusses the idea and ideal of loyalty in the love relationships of characters in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Love’s Labor’s Lost.” Shakespeare regularly explored issues of love in loyalty in his plays. Many of the characters and the circumstances in which he presented them caused the audience to consider what they thought was ...

A five page paper looking at the way conflict between parents and children (specifically, between fathers and daughters) is rendered in three Shakespearean plays -- "King Lear," "Romeo and Juliet," and "The Tempest." The paper concludes that when parents are unable to understand their children, conflict ensues -- but when these parents refuse to change, ...

A 10 page paper which examines how Shakespeare is interpreted differently by numerous film makers. The films discussed are “Hamlet,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Othello,” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.” Bibliography lists 7 sources.

A 10 page paper on the women characters in Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing. The writer examines the traditional and non-traditional women's roles as they are portrayed by Bianca and Hero, and Katherine and Beatrice, respectively. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 6 page paper which compares and contrasts some of Shakespeare's festive and dark comedies. The festive plays discussed are "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and the "Taming of the Shrew." The Dark comedies discussed are "The Winter's Tale" and "The Tempest." Bibliography lists 3 additional sources.

Shakespearean Comedy

  • 5 page paper

This 5 page essay focuses on Shakespeare's fools. The writer discusses the influence of the actor's performance on comedic effect and how the nature of Shakespeare's fools evolved throughout his career. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 5 page paper which argues that the villains in "Hamlet," "Richard II," "Othello," and "The Tempest" are made more villainous by the apparent weaknesses in the heroes. The primary Shakespearean work focused on is "Hamlet." Bibliography lists 8 additional sources.

In 10 pages, the author discusses the love and tragedies of William Shakespeare's plays, focusing on "The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet," "The Tragedy of Macbeth," "The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice," and "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark." Bibliography lists 14 sources.

A 5 page paper on the topic of the journey as depicted in Hamlet, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet. The writer notes that in every case, the literal journey encompasses only a very tiny section of the play; but the hero's departure and return at that precise point in the plot has great significance to ...

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.

Fathers In Shakespeare

  • 7 page paper

This 7 page paper analyzes the behaviors the fathers in three specific plays: Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, and Macbeth. The attributes of the fathers caused the deaths of their children in two cases and significant heartache in the other. The three share some similarities in terms of their personalities and goals in life ...

This paper examines the comparisons between Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale and the source from which it was taken, Robert Greene's Pandosto. The paper also discusses Shakespeare and how author Greene was convinced that The Bard was a plagarist. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 16 page paper which examines how Pericles and the Winter’s Tale, by Shakespeare, are romantic revisions of the tragedies King Lear and Othello, also by Shakespeare. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

A 10 page paper which examines Bianca in Othello, the Gadshill plot in Henry IV Part I, and Cinna in Julius Caesar. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 5 page paper which compares and contrasts the women in Shakespeare’s “Winter’s Tale” and “Much Ado About Nothing.” No additional sources cited.

In 5 pages, the writer takes illustrations from three plays: Othello, Hamlet, & Coriolanus and analyzes them with regard to the "presentational theater" according to Russ McDonald. No additional sources cited.

A 10 page paper which compares and contrasts two of William Shakespeare's most memorable villains, Shylock in the comedy, "The Merchant of Venice," and Iago in the tragedy, "Othello." Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 5 page paper discussing the presence and significance of omens, portents, and prophesies in Shakespeare's Macbeth and Julius Caesar. The writer concludes that because Shakespeare saw the world as something planned and coherent, it is possible to divine that plan through supernatural sources. Bibliography lists five sources.

In 5 pages the author discusses William Shakespeare's reliance on the supernatural in the plays "Hamlet" and "Macbeth". "In the 1500s there was strong belief in the existence of the supernatural. The supernatural was a recurring theme in many of Shakespeare's works. In Hamlet and Macbeth, the supernatural was an essential part ...

A 12 page paper which examines homoeroticism, as exhibited in the William Shakespeare plays, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night. Specifically considered are the homoerotic undertones of same-gender friendships, cross-dressing and transformation. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

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