Shakespeare Essay Topics

Ariel and Caliban

  It could be suggested that every time he retells Ariel’s history, he must increase both the persuasiveness of his own story and his control over Ariel. This is why he now chooses to claim that Ariel is behaving badly, so that he can justify a retelling of the history even though Ariel is perfectly… View Article

One scene one and two of the play?

  Another place where Shakespeare has provided the ability to modify mood, is during 1:2 : Anne: ‘And thou unfit for anyplace but hell! ‘ Richard: ‘Yes, one place else, if you let me name it. ‘ Anne: ‘Some dungeon’. Richard: ‘Your bed-chamber’ (lines 109 – 112 inclusive) Shakespeare is creating a new mood on… View Article

Ferdinand and Miranda

How does Shakespeare present the encounter between Ferdinand and Miranda from lines 450-499? The encounter between Miranda and Ferdinand in lines 450-499 of The Tempest is presented using three characters, Miranda, Ferdinand, and Prospero. Miranda and Ferdinand have fallen in love at first sight to Prospero’s delight, though he doesn’t want them to fall in… View Article

The Character of Katherina

  By this stage Katherina ahs been starved of both food and sleep and immediately starts to have a go at Petruchio but soon realises that her behaviour will not achieve her anything and promptly stops. In Act 4, Scene 3 we witness the cruel treatment that Petruchio puts upon Katherina. He is determined to… View Article

The Taming of the Shrew?

  Peter, Petruchio’s servant ahs seen a change in Petruchio’s behaviour and predicted what Petruchio is going to do. He explains his thoughts and he says, ‘He kills her in her own humour. ‘ By this Peter means that Petruchio is deliberately outdoing his wife in his behaviour and temperament. Katherina is shocked at Petruchio’s… View Article

Future events

Richard here talks of a forthcoming golden era full of glory and hope. Whilst speaking in public, Richard uses this opportunity to defend him from being accused in future events. By praising the running of the country nobody would suspect him of becoming a family murderer. Again, in private Richard reveals his true feelings and… View Article

Richard III by William Shakespeare

This essay is to assess how much sympathy the na�ve and harmless Hastings deserves after being fooled by the cunning Richard III and falling into his trap of trusting him. In Act I Scene I, Richard plays the loving, faithful and devoted brother when Clarence arrives at the tower, and sympathises greatly with Hastings. He pretends… View Article

Shakespeare’s presentation

If an actor wants to star as Richard III in a play he must first know all there is to know about the character of Richard III. For example Richard’s behaviour, the way he thinks and reacts, these are all aspects of Richard’s character. The actor must know these because Shakespeare gave very few stage… View Article

Shakespeare’s intention

‘His honour rooted in dishonour stood, And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true’ (Tennyson, Lancelot and Elaine). From the very opening of the play Richard III, Richard establishes himself as a synonym for villainy. And that is the general impression we assume when considering the disposition of Richard III, a ruthless, villainous tyrant who felt… View Article

Shakespeare in The Tempest

Throughout the play, Caliban is clearly shown not to be a regular human. He is referred to as many things during the text and yet never a man. Trinculo believes him to be a fish from the smell, while Stephano addresses him as “[his] monster”. Both of these comparisons convey a sense of unpleasantness about… View Article

William Shakespeare’s play

Critics believe that William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest was written around 1610. It opens with a storm, which results in shipwreck, many of the main characters end up stranded. The first time we hear of Prospero is in Act I Scene ii were he is involved in a conversation with his daughter Miranda, during which… View Article

The Tempest

Write about what Shakespeare’s theatre was like and how this links to ‘The Tempest’. Next talk about the characters Ariel and Caliban and say how Prospero treats them. Which character do you prefer and why? William Shakespeare wrote ‘The Tempest’ at the earlier stage of his career. The Shakespeare’s theatre was for all classes of… View Article

Themes in Othello

What are the major themes we have encountered in William Shakespeare’s Othello, so far in the play? ‘Excellent wretch; Peridition atch my soul But I do love thee: and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again. ‘- Othello. There are many complex themes in Othello; it is a play full of very diverse… View Article

Richard III from the Tudor period

Shakespeare lived and worked under the tenure of Elizabeth I, the last of the Tudor monarchs, thus he was predisposed to represent Richard as a wicked person or risk the wrath of his sovereign. He also researched his play using sources from the Tudor period; therefore he was biased against Richard, having read the works… View Article

Humorous character

Hereafter, Shakespeare decides to extend Bottom’s appearance of silliness even further by transforming his head into a donkey’s head, which, according to the story, is the result of the fairy, Puck’s exertion. After that little incident, Bottom’s mates start to flee in anxiety. Bottom is obviously confused why his buddies are running away from him,… View Article