Dramatic Plays

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was a great English playwright, dramatist and poet who lived during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwright of all time. No other writer's plays have been produced or read as much as his. Shakespeare was born to a middle class family. His father, John, was a Stratford businessman. He was a glove maker who owned a leather shop. John Shakespeare was a well known and respected man in the town
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was a great English playwright, dramatist and poet who lived during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwright of all time. No other writer's plays have been produced so many times or read so widely in so many countries as his. Shakespeare was born to middle class parents. His father, John, was a Stratford businessman. He was a glove maker who owned a leather shop. John Shakespeare was a well
The History Of Greek Theater
The History Of Greek Theater
The History of Greek Theater Theater and drama in Ancient Greece took form in about 5th century BCE, with the Sopocles, the great writer of tragedy. In his plays and those of the same genre, heroes and the ideals of life were depicted and glorified. It was believed that man should live for honor and fame, his action was courageous and glorious and his life would climax in a great and noble death. Originally, the hero?s recognition was created by selfish behaviors and little thought of service t
King Lear - Parrellelism In King Lear
King Lear - Parrellelism In King Lear
King Lear - Parrellelism in King Lear Many twists and turns characterize the television soap operas of today. Subplots are a distinctive trait of these daylight dramas, for they keep audience on the edge of their seats. Subplots keep the material fresh and the audience wanting more. Shakespeare uses secondary plots as a literary device to greatly dramatize the action of the play and to spark a contrast to his underlying themes in King Lear. The secondary plots can incalculably improve the effect
Hamlet - Method In The Madness
Hamlet - Method In The Madness
Hamlet - Method in the Madness Method in the Madness: Hamlet's Sanity Supported Through His Relation to Ophelia and Edgar's Relation to Lear In both Hamlet and King Lear, Shakespeare incorporates a theme of madness with two characters: one truly mad, and one only acting mad to serve a motive. The madness of Hamlet is frequently disputed. This paper argues that the contrapuntal character in each play, namely Ophelia in Hamlet and Edgar in King Lear, acts as a balancing argument to the other chara
Hamlet - Hamlets Faith Costs Him His Life
Hamlet - Hamlets Faith Costs Him His Life
Hamlet - Hamlet's Faith Costs him his Life A great chain of events in Hamlet, Shakespeare's great revenge tragedy, leads to Hamlet's own demise. His necessity for subterfuge allows him to inadvertently neglect is main objective, revenge. So much so that the ghost of his dead father appears to stipulate Hamlet's reserved behavior towards his fathers revenge. Do not forget. This visitation is to whet thy almost blunted purpose, (83-84) says the ghost in a motivational manner which almost sugge
Hamlet - Elizabethan Revenge In Hamlet
Hamlet - Elizabethan Revenge In Hamlet
Hamlet - Elizabethan Revenge in Hamlet Hamlet is a play written by William Shakespeare that very closely follows the dramatic conventions of revenge in Elizabethan theater. All revenge tragedies originally stemmed from the Greeks, who wrote and performed the first plays. After the Greeks came Seneca who was very influential to all Elizabethan tragedy writers. Seneca who was Roman, basically set all of the ideas and the norms for all revenge play writers in the Renaissance era including William S
Shakespeare Finds Love On A Midsummer Night
Shakespeare Finds Love On A Midsummer Night
Shakespeare Finds Love on a Midsummer Night The forest outside Athens is filled with changelings, magic, and ancient myth: in other words, the stage is set. The night is silent and still as four mortals alternately hate and love, monarchs of the faerie world clash wills, and the mischief of one irrepressible woodland sprite weaves a spell over all. The breath of the darkness is lit with the glow of foxfire; hearts are broken and mended within the span of short hours. In the bower of the Faerie Q
Othello - Iago
Othello - Iago
Othello - Iago Unequivocally, Iago plays an important and major function in the tragedy of Othello. By the end of the play, Iago has been directly responsible for the deaths of Roderigo, Emilia and the protagonist and his love. Iago's importance to the play is revealed by his contribution to the plot and his significance relative to other characters. Iago's function, which invariably adds to the importance he has on the play, is to lead to the downfall of Othello therefore revealing the themes o
Romeo And Juliet - Comparisson To West Side Story
Romeo And Juliet - Comparisson To West Side Story
Romeo And Juliet - Comparisson to West Side Story Three Hundred Fifty Years of Blind Love: A Contraposition of Shakespeare and Robbins? Romeo and Juliet Andy Warhol once said, They say that time changes things, but actually you have to change them yourself. Two hundred fifty years passed between the original Romeo and Juliet and the premiere of West Side Story on Broadway in 1957. However, time did not change the message of the story, simply the creators? unique visions evolved. Shakespeare?s
Macbeth - Power Shifts
Macbeth - Power Shifts
Macbeth - Power Shifts DRAMA OFTEN EXAMINES THE WAYS INDIVIDUALS STRUGGLE TO DOMINATE AND/OR MINIPULATE EACH OTHER. DISCUSS THE TECHNIQUES USED IN ONE OR MORE PLAYS, WHICH DRAW OUT ATTENTION TO THE POWER SHIFTS BWTWEEN CHARACTERS. The text Macbeth by famous playwright William Shakespeare portrays a dramatic power struggle by the careful employment of various literary techniques. Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself (Vladimir Ilyich Lenin) aptly describes this prominent th
Macbeth
Macbeth
Macbeth The play is about a man called Macbeth who on his journey home meets three witches who for tell his future as first becoming thane of Cawdor and, later king. Macbeth instantly sercomes to the witches and believes what the witches say. When Duncan announces is successor as his son Malcolm is dream of becoming king through honesty are dashed. Lady Macbeth quickly comes up with a plan to make Macbeth king, by killing king Duncan and making his son Malcolm flee in hope to save his own life.
Macbeth - Lady Macbeth- Character Changes Throughout The Play
Macbeth - Lady Macbeth- Character Changes Throughout The Play
Macbeth - Lady Macbeth- Character changes throughout the play To metamorphose ones character through years of experience and age is salutary. To deteriorate ones character through a short period of fast decisions and unsure actions is perilous. Lady Macbeth proves the truth to this theory. The impulsive mistakes and power-hungry tactics littered the journey Lady MacBeth paves throughout this play that ultimately ends in her death. She feels overwhelmed by all that is happening, both physically a
Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates INTRODUCTION A theme that we have seen and studied in this class is that a particular form or structure of a molecule plays a significant role in the function of that molecule. Since we are interested in the function of molecules. it helps to study their structure. One of the major classes of organic compounds found in cells are carbohydrates. These carbohydrate are made of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen in a ratio of 1:2:1 respectively with a general formula of X(CH2O)n. When the c
Buenos Aries
Buenos Aries
Buenos Aries The name Brazil comes from Pau Brasil. There are around 145 million people living in Brazil, most of them near the coast. The population is growing rapidly and half of all Brazilians are under the age of 20. By the end of the century, it is estimated that Brazil's population will have reached 180 million. Brazil borders on ten other Latin American countries. Most of the northern part of Brazil is low-lying and veined by the mighty Amazon River and its tributaries. The Amazon is the
The Potential Effects Of A Depleted Ozone Layer
The Potential Effects Of A Depleted Ozone Layer
The Potential Effects of a Depleted Ozone Layer And God said, let there be light and there was light and then God saw the light, that it was good ( Genesis 1: 3-4 ). Undoubtedly, light is good. Without light man could not survive. Light is the ultimate cosmic force in this universe allowing man to progress and flourish. In the form of heat, light from the sun warms the Earth. Light, also, is the single most important factor influencing the growth and development of plants. Photosynthesis, a p
The Potential Effects Of A Depleted Ozone Layer - Detrykowski
The Potential Effects Of A Depleted Ozone Layer - Detrykowski
The Potential Effects of a Depleted Ozone Layer - Detrykowski And God said, let there be light and there was light and then God saw the light, that it was good ( Genesis 1: 3-4 ). Undoubtedly, light is good. Without light man could not survive. Light is the ultimate cosmic force in this universe allowing man to progress and flourish. In the form of heat, light from the sun warms the Earth. Light, also, is the single most important factor influencing the growth and development of plants. Photo
John Dryden
John Dryden
John Dryden John Dryden: England's Controversial and Exceptional Genius John Dryden was England's most outstanding and controversial writer for the later part of the seventeenth century, dominating the literary world as a skilled and versatile dramatist, a pioneer of literary criticism, and a respected writer of the Restoration period. With Dryden's great literary and critical influence on the English society during the Restoration period he has made a name for himself, which will be studied and
Emily The Fallen Rose
Emily The Fallen Rose
Emily the Fallen Rose Emily the Fallen Rose Setting is place and time, and often provides more than a mere backdrop for the action of a story. William Faulkner uses this device in his complex short story A Rose for Emily to give insight into the lonely world of Miss Emily Grierson. Faulkner portrays the townspeople and Emily in the southern town of Jefferson during the late 1800?s to early 1900?s. The town is more than just the setting in the story; it takes on its own characterization alongside
Antigone
Antigone
Antigone In Sophocles' play Antigone he writes about the same themes as in Oedipus Rex and places different characters into almost the same horrible, chaotic situations. Sophocles writes strongly about his most important key theme, the exploration of human limits. He also touches on the themes of discovery of self, wisdom through suffering, and the struggle between individual conscience versus the state. Sophocles two plays, Oedipus Rex and Antigone, share many characteristics yet also c
Antigone
Antigone
Antigone Antigone - Kreon as a Tragic Hero Kreon as a Tragic Hero In Antigone, both Antigone and Kreon could be considered the tragic hero of the play. A tragic hero, defined by A Dictionary of Literary, Dramatic and Cinematic Terms, is someone who suffers due to a tragic flaw, or hamartia. This Greek word is variously translated as tragic flaw or error or weakness . Kreon?s hamartia, like in many plays, is hybris ? Greek for overweening pride, arrogance, or excessive confidence. Kreon?s hybris
Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy's novel, Anna Karenina, upon its release received a mix critical reception, with Russian critics either condemning or applauding the novel primarily on its views of Russian society. Thematically, the novel parallels its heroine's, Anna Karenina, moral and social conflicts with Constantin Levin's internal struggle to find the meaning of life. There are many others underlying themes which links the novel as a whole, yet many critics at the time only looked u
Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn
Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn
Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn: The chosen task is number 6- a book reviewed by a newspaper (my own doing). A unique cooperation between the New- York Times, the most influential newspaper in the world, Mark Twain, one of the most popular novelists ever lived: Mark Twain?s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel about a young boy?s coming of age in the Missouri of the mid-1800s. It is the story of Huck?s struggle to win freedom for himself and Jim, a Negro slave.
A View From The Bridge
A View From The Bridge
A View from the Bridge A View from the Brige How is it evident from the beginning of the play that it will end in tragedy? A tragedy within a play script is drama with an unhappy ending but not necessarily death. Without any reference to the play, a tragedy can be a sad event, calamity, serious accident or crime. A View from the Bridge is a tragedy because Eddie has both a serious accident and commits a crime of betrayal. Through certain aspects of the play, it?s setting and the background; the
Tennessee Williams - Outcasts In His Plays
Tennessee Williams - Outcasts In His Plays
Tennessee Williams - Outcasts in His Plays More than a half century has passed since critics and theater-goers recognized Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) as an important American playwright, whose plays fellow dramaturge David Mamet calls the greatest dramatic poetry in the American language (qtd. in Griffin 13). Williams's repertoire includes some 30 full-length plays, numerous short plays, two volumes of poetry, and five volumes of essays and short stories. He won two Pulitzer Prizes (for A S
Tragically Inane: The Cherry Orchard And Six Characters
Tragically Inane: The Cherry Orchard And Six Characters
Tragically Inane: The Cherry Orchard and Six Characters The deconstruction of the conventions of the theatre in Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard predicts the more radical obliteration presented later by Pirandello in Six Characters in Search of an Author. The seed of this attack on convention by Chekhov are the inherent flaws of all the characters in The Cherry Orchard. The lack of any character with which to identify or understand creates a portrait much closer to reality than the staged dram
The Mask Of Apollo - Review
The Mask Of Apollo - Review
The Mask of Apollo - Review The Mask of Apollo revolves around the adventures of Nikeratos, a young actor who travels the countryside of ancient Greece and Sicily while performing in various plays. In one play, Kadmos by Sophokles the Younger, Nikeratos is required to wear an old mask of Apollo as part of his costume. The mask is fifty years old and is rumored to bring good luck. Nikeratos is impressed with the mask and comes to believe that it possesses special powers. He begins to make rever
The Caucasian Chalk Circle By Bertolt Brecht
The Caucasian Chalk Circle By Bertolt Brecht
The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Brecht uses epic theatre to bring forth an idea or meaning for the audience to consider while entertaining the audience. Epic theatre involves the use of alienation techniques to distance the viewer from the story but still concentrate on the overall meaning. The person who just views the story would likely take it as fantasy and not reach the true depth of the play. Brecht shocks the viewer by making the events and actio
Medea
Medea
Medea Authorial information: Euripides was born in 484 BC and took up drama at the young age of 25. At most drama competitions, however his plays came in last place until he was about 45 or 50 years old. In his entire life, he wrote 92 plays of which only five received first place awards at competition. Euripides despised women. He had been married twice to unfaithful women and had three sons. This hate of women is shown in his work of Medea. Author's unique style: Euripides' characterization of
John Updikes Works
John Updikes Works
John Updike's Works Existence is like a creature that hides and then reveals itself. Existence is defined in Webster?s New World Dictionary as the state or fact of being. This existence strives to reach truth which is located beyond space and time, yet truth must be grasped by existence nevertheless. This is accomplished through ritual, which can bring about the capturing of the inconceivable. Edward P. Vargo stated that John Updike uses ritual to fulfill the great desire of capturing the pas
Ibsen And Strindberg - Hedda Gabler And Miss Julie
Ibsen And Strindberg - Hedda Gabler And Miss Julie
Ibsen and Strindberg - Hedda Gabler and Miss Julie Compare and contrast the characters of Hedda Gabler and Miss Julie in the plays by Ibsen and Strindberg. Support your findings with comments on the writers attitudes to their characters. August Strindberg and Henrik Ibsen were both great playwrights of the 19th century, and both played a large role in the evolution of modern day naturalism/ realism. The plays I will be discussing are Ibsen?s Hedda Gabler, (1890) and Strindberg?s Miss Julie (1888
Flowers For Algernon - Review
Flowers For Algernon - Review
Flowers for Algernon - Review The book, Flowers for Algernon, was an exciting science fiction novel written by . The main characters of the story are the central character, Charlie, who is a mentally retarded individual involved in a remarkable experiment which increased his I.Q., Alice, a teacher at the special education faculty at Beekman College who taught Charlie how to read and write, the professors who performed the experiment on Charlie, Fay, one of Charlie's aquaintances which he meets
Aristotle On Tragedy
Aristotle On Tragedy
Aristotle on Tragedy The Nature of Tragedy: In the century after Sophocles, the philosopher Aristotle analyzed tragedy. His definition: Tragedy then, is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play; in the form of action, not of narrative; through pity and fear effecting the proper purgation of these emotions. Aristotle identified six basic
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
The Caucasian Chalk Circle The Caucasian Chalk Circle The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Brecht uses epic theatre to bring forth an idea ormeaning for the audience to consider while entertaining the audience. Epic theatre involves the use of alienation techniques to distance the viewer from the story but still concentrate on the overall meaning. The person who just views the story would likely take it as fantasy and not reach the true depth of the play. Brecht shocks the viewer by making the events a
A Tale Of Two Cities
A Tale Of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities Subject: English--tale of two cities Tale by HAROLD BURWELL In the fictitious novel Tale of Two Cities, the author, Charles Dickens, lays out a brilliant plot. Charles Dickens was born in England on February 7, 1812 near the south coast. His family moved to London when he was ten years old and quickly went into debt. To help support himself, Charles went to work at a blacking warehouse when he was twelve. His father was soon imprisoned for debt and shortly thereafter the res
The Waste Land - Symbolism
The Waste Land - Symbolism
The Waste Land - Symbolism Symbols in T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land When the poem was first printed in book form two months after its initial publication in the Criterion of October, 1922, the printer needed additional copy to fill a signature; since Eliot had no other poems ready at that time, he submitted the explanatory notes on The Waste Land which now fill about five pages in the Complete Poems and Plays, 1909-1950. The notes have been the focus of much critical effort and comment, a
The Scarlet Letter - Pearl
The Scarlet Letter - Pearl
The Scarlet Letter - Pearl One of the most complex and elaborate characters in The Scarlet Letter is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale. Pearl, throughout the story, develops into a dynamic individual, as well as an extremely important symbol- one who is constantly changing. Pearl is involved in a complex history, and as a result is viewed as different and is shunned because of her mother?s sin. Pearl is a living Scarlet A to Hester, as well as the reader, acting as a con
Oedipus The King - Compared To Things Fall Apart
Oedipus The King - Compared To Things Fall Apart
Oedipus The King - Compared to Things Fall Apart Oedipus the King and Things Fall Apart The poem Oedipus the King and the novel Things Fall Apart, there is some differences between these two stories. These two stories were very famous in the ancient time. Things Fall Apart has won the following awards: Nigerian National Trophy, Commonwealth Poetry Prize, Nigerian National Merit Award. Things Fall Apart and Related Readings becomes a complete literature unit with the Teacher's Source Book
Oedipus Rex (film Vs Text)
Oedipus Rex (film Vs Text)
Oedipus Rex (film vs text) In the film Oedipus the King produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company we are presented with a modernistic adaptation of Sophocles' classic Greek tragedy. A Greek tragedy essentially consists of the story of something terrible happening to a person of noble stature, such as Oedipus who is a prince and a king. Oedipus Rex is considered to be one of the greatest masterpieces to emerge from the period when Greek drama was dominant. Oedipus' popularity was not only restric
Main Street
Main Street
Main Street Main Street Sinclair Lewis was a queer boy, always an outsider, lonely. Once he had become famous, he began to promulgate an official view of his youth that represents perhaps an adult wish for a inoffensive life that never was. He was Sinclair Lewis (Hutchisson 8). In the years from 1914 to 1951 Sinclair Lewis, a flamboyant, driven, self-devouring genius from Sauk Centre, Minnesota, aspired in twenty two novels to make all America his province. (Hutchisson 9). Although his star has
The Scarlet Letter - Guilt
The Scarlet Letter - Guilt
The Scarlet Letter - Guilt Guilt as Reparation for Sin in The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter is a novel about a Puritan woman who has committed adultery and must pay for her sin by wearing a scarlet A on her bosom. The woman, Hester Prynne, must struggle through everyday life with the guilt of her sin. The novel is also about the suffering that is endured by not admitting to one?s wrongs. Reverend Mister Dimmesdale learns that secrecy only makes the guilt increase. Nathaniel Hawthorne is tryi
Greek Tragedies
Greek Tragedies
Greek Tragedies In consideration of the plays we discussed in class, the dramatic contents of each play reflect and develop a category of it's own. Some that deal with comedies, morality, and other's with, tragedies, whichever the case maybe each play has its unique style and theme. A Midsummer Night's Dream I believe is unusual among Shakespeare's plays, since it is lacking a written source for its plot. The wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta was described in Chaucer's Knight's Tale and elsewhe
Educating Rita
Educating Rita
Educating Rita Educating Rita The play Educating Rita by Willy Russell gained great popularity especially during the early eighties. There has also been a movie made from it starring Julie Walters and the more famous Michael Caine. As so often the case, the movie was more elaborate with additional scenes, some of which were spoken of or retold by the actors in the play. The movie also included several actors while the play only featured two, Frank and Rita. After having read the play and seen th
A Dolls House - Crime And Punishment
A Dolls House - Crime And Punishment
A Doll's House - Crime and Punishment There are many links between Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and A Doll's House, by Henrik Isben. Each character goes through many ironic situations. Throughout both of the works all three types of irony are used. In this essay irony is going to be used to link the two works together. Dramatic, situational, and verbal irony are going to be used to link the two works together. Dramatic irony is used throughout Crime and Punishment. The reader know
Authur Miller
Authur Miller
Authur Miller With the Death of a Salesman during the winter of 1949 on Broadway, Arthur Miller began to live as a playwright who has since been called one of this century's three great American dramatists. He has also written other powerful, often mind-altering plays: The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, A Memory of Two Mondays, After the Fall, Incident at Vichy, and The Price. And who could forget the film The Misfits and the dramatic special Playing for Time. Death of a Salesman was not Arth
Tale Of Two Cities
Tale Of Two Cities
Tale of Two Cities In the fictitious novel Tale of Two Cities, the author, Charles Dickens, lays out a brilliant plot. Charles Dickens was born in England on February 7, 1812 near the south coast. His family moved to London when he was ten years old and quickly went into debt. To help support himself, Charles went to work at a blacking warehouse when he was twelve. His father was soon imprisoned for debt and shortly thereafter the rest of the family split apart. Charles continued to work at the
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was a great English playwright, dramatist and poet who lived during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwright of all time. No other writer's plays have been produced so many times or read so widely in so many countries as his. Shakespeare was born to middle class parents. His father, John, was a Stratford businessman. He was a glove maker who owned a leather shop. John Shakespeare was a well
William Faulkner
William Faulkner
William Faulkner William Faulkner is viewed by many as America's greatest writer of prose fiction. He was born in New Albany, Mississippi, where he lived a life filled with good times as well as bad. However, despite bad times he would become known as a poet, a short story writer, and finally one of the greatest contemporary novelists of his time. William Faulkner's accomplishments resulted not only from his love and devotion to writing, but also from family, friends, and certain uncontrollable
Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Shakespeare William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564. He was baptized on April 24, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. He was the third of eight children born to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. John was a well-known merchant and Mary was the daughter of a Roman Catholic member of the gentry. Shakespeare was educated at the local grammar school. According to history, Shakespeare was the eldest son, and he should have been the apprentice to his father's shop so that he could be taug
Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston Zora Neale Hurston was an astounding Afro-American author who was recognized not for being the first Afro-American writer, but rather for her ability to bring forth her cultural language and imagery. If not for Zora's pioneering effort as a female black writer, the world of modern literature would have never seen the cultural insights of the African American culture in such a candid way. Zora's date of birth is said to be in January of 1891, however her actual date of birth is