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  1. How does Shakespeare present the two different worlds of court life and the rural idyll of the Golden Age in As You Like It

    This is also a reference to the golden age,the golden age was a time when people believed that the world was timeless with no seasons,and people thought that food never grew, it was just there and nobody aged. In the Shakespearian times people tended to write about the golden age. Also another reference to the golden age in this case was when Orlando responds to Rosalind saying "there is no clock in the forest" there are many of these references in the play which also adds to the fact that Shakespeare believes that the country is the equivalent to the golden age.

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  2. How does Shakespeare entertain his audience then & now in The Two Gentlemen of Verona?

    The use of dramatic irony creates humour; this makes the play work well, allowing the characters relationship to work better. One of the biggest of dramatic irony in this play is the fact that Julia is going undercover, dressed as a page called Sebastian. It was so that she could meet with Proteus, her love whom has sworn total devotion to her ("" - ). They, Julia and her beloved (Proteus), had also exchanged rings with each other to make sure they will always remember one another and swear they would stay together till the very end ("" - ).

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  3. How does Shakespeare present the two different worlds of Court life and the rural idyll of the 'Golden Age' in As You Like It?

    They give the impression that the simplicity of the forest provides shelter from the strains of Court life, but they also display the need for Court and the sophistication it brings. Life in the Court, and life in the country. These were two very different things during the 'Golden Age.' The 'Golden Age' is represented by the world of the country, but not the Court. It is the classical time of pastoral perfection where there was no natural decay, no passing of seasons, the world seemed timeless and was peopled by shepherds and shepherdesses along with their sheep.

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  4. How and why does the character of Scrooge change?

    All the faults in his character appear to be routed from "The cold within him." This coldness has withered and limited Scrooge, turning him into a twisted lonely man. Scrooge's attitude to Christmas can be epitomised in one word: anathema. Christmas to Scrooge is an annoyance, an excuse for the population to be lax in their duties, and celebrate even when times are bad. Scrooge responds to his Nephew's exclamation of "A merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!" with "Bah!

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  5. What is John Proctor? I am no saint; for me it is fraud. I am not that man. Explore Millers Presentation of Proctor in The Crucible. How far do you agree with Proctors Analysis of himself?

    Miller uses clever dramatic devices and a range of different techniques that help engage the audience and manipulate them into siding with different characters in the play and collecting important data that will help with understanding of the alternate people mentioned. The language and stage directions he uses create tension throughout the play and this all builds up to an unpredictable ending, which the audience has been lead on to throughout the play. As soon as Proctor makes his entrance his type of personality is immediately familiar with the audience via the stage directions.

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  6. Compare and contrast the relationship between Hal and Henry IV and the relationship between Hal and Falstaff

    Quotes - 'I shall hereafter, my thrice-gracious lord,' (3.2.93) - 'Be bold to tell you that I am your son,' (3.2.134) +explain Paragraph five: Point 4 -Henry IV cares a lot more for his son than once portrayed. Quotes - 'As thou art to this hour was Richard then' (3.2.94) - 'Why, Harry, do I tell thee of my foes,' (3.2.122) +explain Paragraph six: Conclusion - Bring all of the points together. Essay: Throughout Henry IV part 1 the character of Hal becomes more and more complex. It is frequently changing in numerous essential aspects.

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  7. He may be entertaining, he may be clever, but Falstaff is morally repulsive and Hal should be having nothing to do with him. Discuss this comment fully with relation to Henry IV part one

    Through the way that these two speak to each other the spectators can acknowledge a powerful bond. Frequently, comments like '...I prithee, sweet wag...' (1.2.12) occur between them showing that they are comfortable speaking together and that they have acquired a firm companionship. Furthermore, in the scene after the robbery at Gad's Hill in which Hal, Poins and Falstaff contemplate about the robbery (especially 2.4.175-205), it seems to take a very long time for Falstaff to grasp that it was Hal and Poins who robbed him.

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  8. In As You Like It Act 1 scene 2 and Act 2 scene 3 how far do you think Orlando is a hero?

    Generally heroes are not just conveyed as heroic externally but also by their internal, invisible characteristics. Strong, muscular frames and handsome, pulchritudinous faces will capture an audience at first but if in character he possesses no sufficient verbal ability, intellectual competence or witty resourcefulness it is unlikely that an audience will regard the character as a hero. In Act 2 scene 3, Orlando asks Adam, '-Or with a base and boisterous sword enforce A thievish living on the common road? This I must do, or know not what to do. Yet this I will not do, do how I can.'

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  9. What does Shakespeare show us about Father Daughter relationships?

    He becomes unreasonable and verbally bullies Juliet "Hang thee young baggage, disobedient wretch!... My fingers itch. Wife, we scarce thought us blessed That god had sent us but this only child; But now I see this one is too much, And that we have a curse in having her. Out on her, hilding" Capulet becomes abusive and embarrassed at Juliet because she is refusing to agree with him. However it is not just that she's arguing with him; in Act1 Scene5 when Tybalt spots Romeo at the Capulet party he goes straight to Capulet and tells him he's going to have a fight with Romeo.

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  10. Romantic Ideals in 'As You Like It'

    The use of a metaphor shows us that courtly love is not direct, but subtle and implied. The language used in Touchstone's remark is also very formal and embellished, giving us an idea of what a courtly lover's idea of a romantic ideal is. Audrey's replies to Touchstone's courtly and witty remarks reveal the nature of pastoral love, "I do not know what 'poetical' is. Is it honest in deed and word?" Audrey replies to Touchstone's remark of how he wishes her to be poetical in a direct and genuine way.

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  11. Discuss the different types of love in Act 3 of As You Like It

    As a professional jester, people usually imagine them as very na�ve and stupid, but in a contrast to Orlando from a noble family, he acts more mature and is more realistic. By using big difference in status, Shakespeare shows that the way of thinking is actually not affected by the status and job of that person. Different from Orlando, Silvius pursues Phoebe day and night, and begs that she would accept him, while Orlando is just expressing his love without even the courage to go see Rosalind face to face. But the love between Silvius and Phoebe is one sided.

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  12. As You Like It by William Shakespeare: Essay Question

    For Oliver and Duke Frederick, there is an almost impossible change for the better as Duke Frederick 'is converted both from enterprise and from the world.' Furthermore the previously non-existent bond of brotherly love is created between Orlando and Oliver which in turn leads to Oliver's 'conversion.' In Rosalind's case, the Forest provides a source of unimaginable freedom to express herself without the barriers of court conventions (though this may be the result of the disguise alone).

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  13. An inspector calls essay

    These build tension because it creates frustration and anger amongst the characters. On page 10 there is a big moment of suspense when the play has a stop because they " hear the sharp ring of a front door bell" and "Birling stops to listen" this creates a confused and frustrated impact on the audience because it draws them in and makes them want to keep watching to find out who it is at the door. On page eleven as the inspector enters even though he is a small man he "creates at once an impression of massiveness" and then he talks in really short straight to the point sentences.

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  14. Trace the Development of Richard of Gloucester's Character and

    the words "Can I do this, and cannot get a crown?/ Tut, were it farther off, I'll pluck it down.", meaning even if the crown was harder to obtain, Richard would still attempt to get it. He talks of killing his brother the duke of Clarence, his other brother the king, and Edward Duke of York. Richard believes himself cursed by God for his body being misshapen, but wants to claim the crown as a sort of compensation for his physical deformities.

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  15. Women's Roles During The Shakespearean Era

    Also, women were not permitted to enter professions in law, medicine, and politics. Instead, most women worked in domestic services as cooks, maids, etc. They were also allowed to write literature, several of which were religious or translations. An example of a woman recognized for her literary works during the Shakespearean era was Mary Sidney Herbert. Mary Sidney, who was the ?Countess of Pembroke?, was born in England on October 27, 1561, and died on September 25, 1621. She was educated at home where she learned to speak fluently in French, Italian, Latin, and Greek.

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  16. Shakespearean plays have much been linked to Aristotles ideas of tragedy, the protagonists are capable of both good and evil and must be an admired yet flawed character.

    The common use of the word tragedy often refers to any story with a sad ending whereas an Aristotelian tragedy must fit a set of requirements. By these requirements a social drama cannot be tragic as the hero is a victim of their incidents and circumstances which depend upon the society of which the hero lives in. Shakespearean plays have much been linked to Aristotle?s ideas of tragedy, the protagonists are capable of both good and evil and must be an admired yet flawed character.

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