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  1. 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.

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  2. 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).

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  3. 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)

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. "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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  7. 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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  8. Shakespeare - Globe Theatre.

    James Burbage built the "The Theatre," and it prospered for nearly twenty-one years. In 1597, James Burbage died, leaving the Theatre to his two sons Richard and Cuthbert who became managers. Things began to get rough for the Theatre after James died. The landowner Giles Allen caused an unexpected problem. Giles raised the rent and refused to renew the lease, so one cold night in December 1598, with much assistance from others, the Burbage brothers disassembled the "Theatre," and piece by piece they took it by ferry across the Thanes River to the opposite shore.

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  9. Symbols of Lust in Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis.

    Till either gorge be stuffed or prey be gone" (56-58). The weak, helpless prey symbolizes Adonis, whom Venus feeds upon with her incessant kisses. Her figurative consumption of Adonis reveals the intense physical desire she experiences. Later, Venus tries to incite the same passions in Adonis. After her failure to satisfy her longing by controlling the situation, Venus tries to force control on him. She compares her body to a lush "park" and casts Adonis as a "deer" (231) within her confining arms.

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  10. Shakespeare's romantic comedies range from the mystical to the ludicrous. Plays such as A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night dip into the essences of the mystical and ludicrous and distasteful.

    Anoint his eyes but do it when the next thing he espies may be the lady," (2.1.260-262). Of course at this part of the play the juice is put onto Lysander. It is at the end of the play that the love-in-idleness juice is truly a problem; Demetrius marries Hermia under the power of its spell. This compromises the "romance" part of the comedy. Every reader knows that romantic comedies are strange and lovers go through a lot to get to each other.

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  11. As a director of a production of "Three Sisters" outline your ideas for an effective performance of Irena & Toozenbach's final scene together (Act IV). Explain in detail what you would want your actors to do.

    As Irena and Toozenbach enter, the actor would be speaking at a moderate pace, and at an average volume, between themselves, but not so that nobody else can make out what they are saying. When Irena pauses, in her first line, I would ask the actor to turn and look around, as though looking for something to make conversation about. Then, when she continues with her line, she would be speaking slower than before. As she says the first part of her next line (starting "It's not true...")

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  12. Compare and contrast act 1,scene1 of Shakespeares play 'Macbeth' with the cinematic interpretation by Roman Polanski of the same scene.

    Roman Polanski created his cinematic interpretation in 1971 and therefore had an easier job in capturing the people's imagination especially as he had cinematic technolodgy as his disposal ,however his modern audiences would have been more cynical ,in general ,concerning witchcraft and superstitions and would not have appreciated the symbolism as Shakespeare's sixteenth century audience would .How success was this film director ,therefore ,in recreating act 1 , scene 1 of 'Macbeth'? Concerning the opening of his first scene act 1 ,scene 1 ,Shakespeare recognised the needs to grab his audience's attention instantly ,letting them know what was going on ,by giving them clear graphic descriptions to put fear into their minds.

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  13. William Shakespeare was an English playwright and poet who lived in the late 1500's and early 1600's.

    Stratford was a small market town surrounded by green fields. William went o Stratford Grammar School, when he was seven. A school day was 11 hours long and he had to go six days a week. Later on he revealed this, as he hated it. Shakespeare's childhood name was Will. In that time his father owed a lot of money to others, because of his business (it went down). Therefore Will stopped to going school and went to work with his father. Another friend of Will, who was also a writer, revealed this later as "Will have small Latin and less Greek".

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  14. Is Puck a Knavish Sprite or a Malign Spirit?

    This cruelty may hint at an abuse of his powers but, more drastically, the hint of a malign spirit. Puck then resists the attempt to deny these allegations although he unleashes more confusion as to what sort of person he really is by assuring us, I am that merry wanderer of the night. I jest to Oberon, and make him smile (2:1 L43-44) This statement may now make us review our first impression, as it seems he does not commit these knavish offences for his personal enjoyment but for his superior. Puck now adopts the characteristics of a jester performing when his master demands which is certainly a more knavish action than malign one.

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  15. July 14th, Day before performance of The Twelfth Night play at the Globe

    These rumors came from the mouths of people, which had no tickets. They could either not afford it or were not able to get hold of one before it sold out. But most of the people that did get a ticket say it's the best play around. It is like no other that has ever been shown! July 15th, Day of performance of 'The Twelfth Night' play at the Globe Everyone is on a big high now. It is the day of the performance in London. I am ready to leave for the Globe now.

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  16. The opening scenes of Shakespeare’s plays

    All these advantages of a purpose built theatre allowed Shakespeare to stage events such as battles and riots. The backstage area could be used to make sound effects, which would enhance the realism of such scenes. Despite the advantages a purpose built theatre had over an inn courtyard Shakespeare faced many physical challenges in an Elizabethan theatre that aren't present in a modern theatre. The Elizabethan theatre had no roof and therefore was open to the elements, rain, wind, and snow etc.

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  17. Feminism in Shakespeare

    Currently a professor at the University of California, McEachern first provides two previous schools of feministic thought prior to proposing her individual criticism. She identifies "two ideological camps" of criticism generally applied to Shakespearean plays. The first angle encompasses a pioneering first wave feminist critique, which hones in on Shakespeare's bias towards women through his use of primarily male characters and themes. This unique proto-feminist angle seeks out 'the women's part' in Shakespearean plays, usually characterized by liberated female roles.

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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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