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  1. A midsummers nights dream Act 3 Scene 1

    Translating this to the way in which he would walk, speak and re-act. Quince would speak with a slight accent to show his upper side roots and he would have a soft tone, to emphasis bottoms electrifying personality as he tends to interrupt and speak over people. But when the Bottom pronounces a word wrong, Quince would erupt and in a firm and also nervous tone correct him. At this point we see Quince almost having a nervous break down as he gets caught up in the minute details of the script, to show this I would shake all over and use precise hand movements at the script.

    • Word count: 801
  2. What similarities are there between Friar Laurence and the Nurse and the functions they perform in Romeo and Juliet?

    The fact that the Nurse has this dream, not her mother, truly does show how much of a mother the Nurse is to her, it also shows how the Nurse does truly think of Juliet like her own daughter, this means that Juliet is a lot more relaxed when she is with the Nurse and is closer to her, making it a lot easier to confide her true feelings about her love for Romeo, and the problems she gets herself in.

    • Word count: 1274
  3. Discussing The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare.

    Hamlet is also in truth thinking whether or not to act on the ghosts' directions to get revenge on Claudius or not. It seems as though Hamlet is considering suicide when he uses the words in the expression, "To be or not to be" (3.1.56) inferred by several as whether to live or not to live. This in turn creates the tone for the rest of the soliloquy to be all about Hamlets existence and meaning to life. Hamlet also speaks of death in which he relates to sleep, "To die, to sleep," (3.1.64), he then contemplates what really happens during sleep and what might occur in 'eternal sleep', "...To sleep, perchance to dream" (3, 1, 60-65).

    • Word count: 799
  4. Romeo and juliet

    Benvolio's continuous concern over the actions of Mercutio and it is first shown when he hears of the Capulet's arriving and then asks Mercutio to leave so no trouble could be caused. Mercutio then describes what type of man Benvolio is and what Mercutio is not as when he needs to defend himself and fight he does whereas Benvolio is always scared. Mercutio then says how nothing will happen and makes quotes such as "thou hast quarreled with a man for coughing on the street, because he has wakened thy dog that hath lain asleep in the sun".

    • Word count: 2022
  5. MacBeth

    There also would have been doors, which were used by actors. There would have been standing space where some of the audience would have been. There would be a gallery, which, would have been used for action on an upper level. There would be Inner Stage Curtained area could be opened up to show a new scene The theatre would have been in the open, so if it rained you couldn't do anything, you could leave at any time, you could watch without paying from a long distance off where the play is taking part.

    • Word count: 804
  6. Shakesphere and The Renaissance

    William Shakespeare's early life is a mystery. Books and articles publicly state "Nothing definite is known about his boyhood. From the content of his plays, he must have learned early about the people he later portrayed with such good humor. As good writers do, he must have collected information both from books and from daily observation of the world around him." (Renaissance-faire.com/Renfaires) Just a small amount of information has been found by historians of many sources. Mr. Shakespeare attended Stratford Grammar School on a scholarship due to his father's influence. William was taught a standard Elizabethan program of study with a priority on Greek and Latin literature (including the playwrights Plautus and Seneca, and the passionate poet Ovid), expression (from ancient Roman speaker Cicero), and Christian ethics (a large knowledge of the Holy Bible).

    • Word count: 1095
  7. Shakespeare-Midsummer Night's dream

    It was a popular belief in Shakespeare's time that the world was filled with these good and bad spirits. Since Oberon was on a break with Titania, he was helpless I perceived. So he wanted to help the humans with their problem. The impish duo of Oberon and puck made the play wittier. Many people thought that fairies lived in their own kingdom and couldn't be seen by humans. The fairies only let the humans see them occasionally in dreams. This is symbolic, because it refers to the title of Shakespeare's play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. The magic that was used in the play helped the play come to life, because it creates humour.

    • Word count: 959
  8. Performing "Snow White"

    The story was developed and adapted by Carol Ann Duffy who rewrote the story in 1953 and turned them into play form, the play I am performing "Snow White" was written in 1900s but although it was written at that time the play can be set in any time period. I am comparing this play to "the complete works of Shakespeare" which too was modernised, Shakespeare's plays were originally written in the 1600s (17 century), "The Complete Works Of Shakespeare" modernised the plays and brought them forward to the 21st century (2004)

    • Word count: 1444
  9. Concentrating on The Presentation of Character Setting and Sound Examine What Seems to You to be Significant Features of Baz Luhrmann's Style of The Opening Scene of Romeo + Juliet Baz Luhrmann has a reputation of making excellent films

    Luhrmann manages to juggle multiple story lines in a manner that keeps the audience involved, using his trademark moving camera and using music to move the plot forward. His hopes for this film are to "Put Shakespeare back on the billboards of Times Square". He wants everyone to appreciate Shakespeare and never wants him to be forgotten. The fact that all of Shakespeare's plays are timeless helps Luhrmann and he uses this to his advantage. The most vital person of any film is the director.

    • Word count: 1497
  10. William Shakespeare was the son of John Shakespeare, a leather merchant, and Mary Arden, daughter of a local farmer. Church records prove that Shakespeare was one of eight children to the Shakespeare household,

    William Shakespeare was the son of John Shakespeare, a leather merchant, and Mary Arden, daughter of a local farmer. Church records prove that Shakespeare was one of eight children to the Shakespeare household, sadly however, three died during childhood. Shakespeare is said to have gone to a free grammar school in his home town, but there is no proof.

    • Word count: 254
  11. What is a British film?

    70% of the total labour cost (minus the cost of one non-EU/EEA etc or non-Commonwealth persons if desired) must have been paid to citizens or residents in the EU/EEA or Commonwealth or Association Countries. Alternatively 75% of the total labour cost, after deducting the cost of two non-EU/EEA etc or non-Commonwealth persons (including one actor)

    • Word count: 451
  12. Discuss the role of the Mechanicals and the significance of their play in this text

    This is illustrated in the play through the unprofessional portrayal of Bottom. This is highlighted by the point in the play when Nick Bottom talks to the audience: 'No, in truth sir, he should not. 'Deceiving me' is Thisbe's cue. She is to enter now, and I am to spy her through the wall. You shall see it will fall pat as I told you. Yonder she comes.' Bottom comes out of character in this speech to the audience. It is this that Shakespeare wants to highlight as a critique of amateur actors in his day.

    • Word count: 1400
  13. Shakespeare was born to middle class parents. His father, John, was a Stratford businessman

    Students went to school year round attending school for nine hours a day. The teachers were strict disciplinarians. Though Shakespeare spent long hours at school, his boyhood was probably fascinating. Stratford was a lively town and during holidays, it was known to put on pageants and many popular shows. It also held several large fairs during the year. Stratford was a exciting place to live. Stratford also had fields and woods surrounding it giving William the opportunity to hunt and trap small game.

    • Word count: 933
  14. Shakespeare Biography

    Shakespeare's parents were John and Mary Shakespeare, who lived in Henley Street, Stratford. John, the son of Richard Shakespeare, was a whittawer (a maker, worker and seller of leather goods such as purses, belts and gloves) and a dealer in agricultural produce. He was a solid, middle class citizen at the time of William's birth, and a man on the rise. He served in Stratford government successively as a member of the Council (1557), constable (1558), chamberlain (1561), alderman (1565) and finally high bailiff (1568), the equivalent of town mayor. At around about 1577 John Shakespeare's fortunes began to decline for unknown reasons.

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  15. Are we meant only to laugh at Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, or does he express some more serious wisdom?

    Bottom's monologue in act 4.1.211 line 205- 207 states the following: " The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man's hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report what my dream was!" If we compare this to the King James version (1611) of 1 Corinthians 2: 9-10 we can see, to a large extent, that they are extremely similar and is indeed a parody: "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

    • Word count: 736
  16. EN2372 Shakespeare:

    However, when one has been fortunate enough to study a literary text in full, it becomes clear that these supposed reworks neglect to convey many of the details found in the original. And perhaps, this is when one realises that producers of these films are merely manipulating young audiences into regarding the films as being as credible as the original. It could be argued that filmmakers are merely using the authority of a playwrights or novelists name, when really what they have produced in no more than a second-rate adaptation adhering to Hollywood's code rather than a literary one.

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  17. William Shakespeare

    This playhouse was a great success and was very popular so gradually more and more were built. In a playhouse there were three tiers of galleries which looked down to the yard where most of the audience stood. For it was only a penny to stand in the yard whereas in the gallery benches it was two pence. To sit on cushions in the gentlemen's rooms it was three pence and for six pence the well-off would sit in the Lords room. The stage came out into the yard and was open to the sky. Over the back of the stage ran an upper stage and beneath the upper stage was what was known as the tiring house.

    • Word count: 811
  18. Sonnet 2 Analysis

    The usage of language techniques are used to show his inner thoughts about his friend's actions. Sonnet number 2 is another poem of Shakespeare's in which he tries to convince his friend. At the start of the poem it starts of and describes the effects of time to his friend's beauty. This is unusual as he usually describes his friend's beauty and compares it to something else. From line 1-9 Shakespeare describes the damage time could do to his beauty. Line 1 describes as "forty winters" pass and then in line 2 there will be "deep trenches in thy beauty's field" meaning wrinkles on his face.

    • Word count: 710
  19. "The Life of the Great William Shakespeare"

    "William's education consisted of mostly Latin studies (learning to read, write, and speak the language almost fluently), and the study of some of the classic historians, moralists, and poets. Of course, they also had basic math and English, but all this was only a minimal education, for it was assumed that the children would go to the university to enhance their knowledge toward the field of their choice" (Britannica 253-254). William Shakespeare, however, did not go to the university, and instead tried his hand at life with only the education he received at the local grammar school.

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  20. Shakespeare as a Real Man in Shakespeare in Love

    In fact, they posit that Shakespeare, the actor, agreed to publish the work under his own name for a fee, and did so to protect the identity of the true author. The Anti-Stratfordians believe that Shakespeare was simply a "paid" player (The Shakespeare Question). The film effectively undermines this Anti-Stratfordian argument by explaining how Shakespeare could have afforded to become a "sharer" in Richard Burbage�s The Lord Chamberlain�s Men. Throughout Shakespeare in Love, Will tries to raise the capital needed to buy his way into the company.

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  21. Today we know more about Shakespeare than any other play writers of his time because of his mastering of English literature. However, today it is true to say that we have no record of what Shakespeare actually looked like.

    Very well known in the town and were mentioned as 'gentlemen' of the time. Shakespeare's father John had a large family of 10 children, William being the eldest. Two of them died at the date of their birth and one past away early in his existence, leaving him with seven. Shakespeare lived a life full of excitement and some say he was lucky to be around at the right time when theatre plays were incredibly popular or Shakespeare might never had been heard of.

    • Word count: 522
  22. William Shakespeare, lived during 1564 and 1616, wrote "Spring" and "Winter".

    Shakespeare creates these themes by a major use of imagery. Imagery is the use of vivid or figurative language to represent objects, actions, or ideas (dictionary.com). "Daises pied", is a concise way to say the daises are patchy in color, along with the blue violets. Between the flowers and buds of yellow hue, "do paint the meadows with delight". Immediately, the reader is able to create a visual image and an emotional response of a spring day. The second paragraph opens with "when shepherds pipe on oaten straws," refers to shepherds in the middle of an oat field, blowing on an oat straw either answering the call to the cuckoo or simply frolicking in the spring harvest.

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  23. Shakespeare's Sonnet 125 - review.

    In this main part the theme is introduced and explained. The last two lines make up the rhyming couplet, its content sums up the sonnet's main topics. Sonnet 125 is addressed to the handsome youth. This is not directly evident from the text, because the text would also be suitable for the dark lady, but since we learnt that Sonnets 1 to 126 are addressed to the handsome youth, I suppose that this one is as well. In his work, Shakespeare directly addresses to the person of his interest.

    • Word count: 851
  24. Shakespeares early years.

    Other jobs include; local council member, constable, chamberlain, alderman and 'high' bailiff. William's mother, Mary Arden was the daughter of a local farmer, a very wealthy family. William's parents - Mary Arden and John Shakespeare, were married in 1557, seven years before William's birth. William being the first child to survive birth was the eldest child in the family. William was the third of eight children. He was educated in the local grammar school; 'The Kings New School'. Shakespeare later wrote a scene in the play, 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'. This could have been what inspired him to go on to be an English dramatist and poet!

    • Word count: 933
  25. Romeo and Juliet - Zefferelli with Luhrman production comparison.

    The objective of Zefferelli I believe was just to bring Shakespeare's script to life, to help people to understand the moral and storyline better. On the other hand I believe Luhrmans objectives were far different to Zefferellis, I feel Luhrman was somewhat touched by the storyline, inspired or found it worthwhile, therefore decided to make a blockbuster, entertaining film from it. This approach is far more appealing and gives interest to the majority. Luhrman uses the MTV style of editing, this is completely different from continuity editing and basically means the opposite, so it doesn't flow and leaps from one shot to the next, allowing the creation of the imagined world.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Discuss the role of the Mechanicals and the significance of their play in this text

    "In discussing the role of Nick Bottom and the significance he has in the mechanicals play, sufficient reasoning has been relayed in order to backup my opening sentence; the significance and role of Nick Bottom is made prominent by Shakespeare. With particular reference to that of Nick Bottom, this study has covered the mechanicals as well as dealing with parallels and links between the three worlds Shakespeare has woven. The analysis covered in this essay has outlined the major themes and issues connected with Nick Bottom as part of the mechanicals. Therefore based on all evidence and analysis portrayed in this essay, it is reasonable to conclude that the role of Nick Bottom and the significance of his portrayal in this text is truly an important one."

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