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Symbols of Lust in Shakespeare’s Venus and Adoni

Shakespeare’s Ovidian erotic poem Venus and Adonis tells the tale of a goddess, Venus, who lusts fruitlessly after a human boy, Adonis. Although Venus relentlessly professes her love for the mortal youth, in reality she experiences only sexual desire. The Bard utilizes scenes of consumption and eating to illustrate Venus’ intense passion and desire to […]

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is a play of romantic comedy. It is one of Shakespeare’s more famous comedies and has been performed by many different actors. The production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ that I watched was performed in London’s Regents Park by the Open Air Theatre Company. The play was successful because of […]

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Compare and contrast the presentation of the Supernatural

We decided to perform a piece of the supernatural having seen a production of a ‘Woman in Black.’ The texts that we used as the basis of our piece came from Hamlet, Othello, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. The style of our piece was very comic and bold, all the actors with the exception of […]

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Roman Polanski’s and Orson Welles’ film adaptation of the opening scene of Macbeth

There have been many film adaptations of Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth. These are widely varied, from the Japanese version ‘the Throne of Blood’ to the gangster version ‘Joe Macbeth’. Two of the best-known adaptations are, Orson Welles (1947) and Roman Polanski’s (1971). This essay will seek to compare and contrast the two films’ very different but […]

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A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Reality can be broken down and portrayed in many different ways. Unless it is caused by ecology or some other source, everything in reality happens because of somebody’s imaginative creation. In A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the environment Devon provides for Finny causes him to become non- competitive, imaginative, and rebellious. The small environment […]

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The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare

It is understood that in The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare; Hamlet, in his famous soliloquy in scene one of act three (“To be or not to be… “), is considering suicide. Hamlet in actuality is only questioning the thoughts of death and in turn has no real intent on actually […]

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Shakespeare bullet point notes

* The average Shakespeare play had 30,000 words in it – more than the average person could need in their lifetime. He invented 1,700 new words – he turned verbs into nouns and nouns into verbs. * 100 years earlier Chaucer was writing the Canterbury Tales in English, while the upper classes spoke French and […]

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A Comparison of Roman Polanski’s film version of Macbeth and the BBC Shakespeare production by Shaun Sutton

Macbeth is a tragedy set in Scotland. There are themes of supernatural powers, betrayal, murder and self-destruction in this play. It shows how Macbeth kills to become king and how Lady Macbeth’s passion and thrust for power drives him. In this assignment I intend to compare and contrast Roman Polanski’s film version and the BBC […]

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The Polanski’s and Welles’ versions of Act 1 Scene 1 of Macbeth

I have studied the opening scene of Welles’ and Polanski’s videos and Shakespeare’s text in detail; through this, I have discovered that the two video versions are very different from each other’s. There are many features that I am going to consider when trying to decide the most dramatic film. Some of these include, colour, […]

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Feminism in Shakespeare

Conventionally, feminism has little correlation with Shakespearean comedies; however, Claire McEachern attempts to address this topic with some degree of success in her article published in the Shakespeare Quarterly entitled “Fathering Herself: A Source Study of Shakespeare’s Feminism”. The author herself reveals the adversity face by feminists up against Shakespeare’s male-dominated world by admitting, “Certainly, […]

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Study and compare two different film interpretations of Act 4 Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’

In this essay, I am going to compare two different interpretations of Act 4 Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, to see how different directors interpret a text and use different techniques to support their ideas. The two film versions of ‘Macbeth’ that this essay will focus upon are ‘Macbeth on the Estate’ directed by Penny […]

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Shakespeare Assignment – Hamlet

In Elizabethan times people paid great homage to the queen Elizabeth 1. During the 16th century there was great tension between parliament and the monarchy, and Elizabeth upset many Catholics, although she did restore peace in the country later on. Popular amusements included music and dancing. The most favoured instruments were the bagpipes, the fiddle, […]

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Critical Approaches to Shakespeare: Some Initial Observations

An earlier introductory note to some basic principles of literary interpretation (“On Scholarship and Literary Interpretation”), stressed that literary interpretation or literary criticism is, in many ways, an anarchic conversational activity with the practical purpose of enriching our shared understanding of a particular text. The value of any particular interpretative observations, or of a methodology […]

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Significant Features of Baz Luhrmann’s Style of The Opening Scene of Romeo and Juliet

Baz Luhrmann has a reputation of making excellent films and is known for his camera always moving. He likes doing close-ups, zooms and slow motion shots . As he has grown more secure of his position as a director, and has got a higher budget, his camera and editing have merged into a sort of […]

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After reading Macbeth Act two scene two we watched two productions of Macbeth

One of them was Roman Polanskis. I didn’t think it was a very good version of Macbeth. I think this because it cuts out some of the original lines, it also showed you the murder which is not what Shakespeare had intended, I think the other the Royal Shakespeare’s version was much better and they […]

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