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  1. Elizabethan and Jacobean drama

    Immediately after this exchange between the two Face retires to get the 'Lady' and returns with Dol Common in tow 'richly dressed' in her guise as a noble woman. We are then privy to an excruciating and hilarious conversation between the Lady and Mammon in which Mammon extravagantly praises Dol alluding to her beauty and nobility " There is a strange nobility I' your eye, this lip, that chin..."(IV, I, 55) He continues to court her with his words whilst Face watches on in disbelief until unable to contain his amusement any longer face leaves the room.

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  2. To What Extent Is El Médico de su Honra principally a Play about Honour?

    Although it was a completely innocent act, on seeing Arias leaving Leonor's house at night, Gutierre felt that his honour had been damaged and so broke off the engagement. There is doubt as to Leonor's honour after this incident, and she spends the play fighting to regain her honour; 'ya que es imposible que yo cobre, / pues se cas�, mi honor' (667-8). The King, Leonor and Gutierre are all very honest characters, guided by moral principles, which follow the code of honour.

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  3. Much Ado About Nothing … and love and wit and men and women…

    The audience learns of some form of failed relationship between the two from the past ('He set up his bills here in Messina and challenged Cupid at the/flight') and we - just as the audience at the play's very first performance - are able to gauge insight into the real reason behind the war or words between them. Just as relevant to the relationships between men and women today, it is easy to understand that their clever quips and insults stem from a source of greater hurt or embarrassment than simple dislike.

    • Word count: 1537
  4. Explore Shakespeare's Presentation of Relationships in Messina.

    Hero and Claudio's relationship is by far the most inevitable and traditional relationship of Love within the play. Shakespeare used these two shy characters to portray what seems like a fairytale relationship at first between two people who barely know eachother. Claudio plays the role of the corny, romantic boy who falls in love with Hero at first sight. This type of character is found in many of Shakespeare's plays, eg: Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. Claudio is portrayed as quite a serious character, whereas on the other hand, his friend Benedick is loud and witty.

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  5. Act II, Scene II - Analyse Friel's dramatic presentation in this scene and how the scene contributes to the themes of the play as a whole.

    Whilst "they run hand in hand" they "leap across the ditch" just as if, as Yolland indicates, they were being chased. All this dramatic action emphasises the point that Yolland and Maire, manage together (hand in hand), interdependent on one another, to transcend the social impositions which are placed on them by their cultural and linguistic circles by taking that 'leap' which can only be achieved through their united effort regardless of the potential consequences it poses. The very fact that they are being 'chased', as if fugitives, underlines the social and cultural pressures each one faces within their respective communities and each one earnestly wants to break free from conforming to such constraints.

    • Word count: 1484
  6. The song "Express Yourself" by Madonna has contradictory messages.

    The theme of s****l liberation present in the lyrics is also suggested in the title, "Express Yourself". I interpreted the line "What you need is a big strong hand to lift you to your higher ground/ Make you feel like a queen on a throne/ Make him love you till you can't come down," as s****l innuendo. I did this taking the lyrics at face value and also since s*x is a recurrent theme in Madonna's songs. Another theme in the song is the idea that women should not settle for anything/ anyone less than "best".

    • Word count: 1063
  7. Dramatic Quality of the Central Scenes in 'Dr Faustus' by Christopher Marlowe.

    They also contribute to plot development in that they help further the play's themes. For example, the scenes with Robin and Rafe (scenes 6 and 8) parallel the main plot. Although the pace here is faster, one must remember that the central scenes are relatively short, so the meaning and purpose of including these scenes must be more obvious. The comedy in these scenes adds to the tragedy of Faustus, showing comedy against Faustus as he is given great powers but uses them to perform petty tricks, therefore ridiculing his character and making the themes more complex.

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  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
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  • To What Extent Is El Médico de su Honra principally a Play about Honour?

    "A final theme that should be discussed is that of fate. Many incidents occur that all aid in pushing the play towards its conclusion. The first example is before the start of the play when Gutierre sees Arias leaving the house of his betrothed, Leonor. He breaks off their engagement and marries Menc�a. At the beginning of Act 1, Enrique enters the scene as he falls off his horse. This physically fall is a hint at what is to come; the fall from honour of Enrique, by pursuing a married woman. Another clue as to the future of characters is when Pedro hands Enrique his dagger and it cuts the King's hand. The audience, knowing the history of the two half brothers, know that Enrique kills Pedro, but this occurrence also serves to indicate the death of Menc�a. In my mind, El M�dico de su Honra is principally about honour. Although I have mentioned other themes in this essay, they are all linked in some way to honour. Therefore, honour is present in every situation. Each character thinks of honour at some point because it is extremely easy to lose it, as we have seen from Gutierre, who is dishonoured just by the thought that his wife is being dishonest. Claire Blackburn, St Peter's"

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