Thematic Conceptualizations in "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett
Samuel Beckett's renowned Absurdist drama, "Waiting for Godot" is an apt illustration of the existentialist crisis that modern humankind faces. Through the bizarre and seemingly insignificant actions and gestures of Vladimir and Estragon, he reveals the futility of life—yours as well as mine.
Audrey Munson: America's First Supermodel
In the early 1900s, Audrey Munson was one of the most sought after models in New York. Her fame brought her offers to be in the film industry. Scandals and unfortunate circumstances destroyed her career. She is still considered America's first supermodel.
11 Ways to Market Your Free Comedy Show and Fill Every Seat
Learn methods for drawing a crowd to your free comedy show, even if it’s your first time putting on one.
The Theme of Madness in Shakespeare's Hamlet
A brief look at the theme of madness in Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet". This article addresses whether or not Hamlet and Ophelia were truly mad or not and takes a brief look at the driving force behind their displays of madness.
The Irony of Trifles: A Look Into Susan Glaspell's Play "Trifles"
Susan Glaspell’s Trifles brings attention to the political and social differences between men and women in the early 1900s. Trifles may seem like a simple story, but it is rich with symbolism and nuances of gender differences giving a glimpse of the insignificance of women in a man’s world.
The Crucible: McCarthyism and a Historical View of Witch Hunts
Fear is a powerful motivator that can inspire hysteria, paranoia, and intolerance as seen in The Crucible.
Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene Analysis
The balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet occurs in act 2, scene 2. In this scene, Romeo and Juliet swear their true love to each other, plan a secret marriage, and finally say good night. The balcony scene is critically important because it sets several critical events in motion.
The Romeo and Juliet Epilogue: A Line by Line Analysis
The epilogue to Romeo and Juliet is spoken by Prince Escalus at the very end of the play. The epilogue to Romeo and Juliet is similar to a Shakespearean sonnet in both meter and rhyme scheme. A line-by-line analysis will yield a more complete understanding of the poetic devices and deeper meaning.
The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet: Character Analysis With Quotes
The Nurse is a bawdy, overly talkative, humorous character in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. She teases Juliet, but is also completely devoted to Juliet. She eventually betrays Juliet's wishes by giving her unkind advice. Even so, the Nurse is completely grief-stricken by Juliet's feigned death.
The Romeo and Juliet Death Scene: Summary and Quotations
A concise summary of the Romeo and Juliet death scene in plain language that everyone can understand. Explains key quotations and analyzes the main events.
Who Is Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet?
Benvolio is a good member of the Montague family in Romeo and Juliet. He is Romeo's good friend, but also loyal to Romeo's father and the prince of Verona. Bevolio's personality is mild. He attempts to act as a peacemaker and voice of reason when tempers flare between the Montagues and Capulets.
Riders to the Sea: Symbols and Images in Synge's Tragedy
A critical essay on the symbols and images used by Synge, drawing from both classical and Biblical archetypes, in "The Riders to the Sea".
Love, Nature, and Fairies: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
“Love is an act of nature” is the major theme of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as shown by the young lovers, and the Fairy King & Queen.
Master Manipulator or Emotionally Rash: Cleopatra in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra
Shakespeare as a master of depicting the subtleties of human nature, provides an unsimplified portrayal of Cleopatra the exquisite Queen of the Nile both as a passionate woman and cunning manipulator.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: A Play by Tom Stoppard
This is possibly Tom Stoppard's best known play. It offers an amusing and thought-provoking twist on Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
Analyzing the Theme of Religion in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
In this essay, I analyze William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, and analyze how religious connotations hinder Hamlet's action and ability to avenge his father's death.
Les Miserables the Musical: The Problem of Making Ugliness Beautiful
Is the musical "Les Miserables" wrong for being too beautiful? Does it make misery into something that's too comfortable for the audience? Some wine and say what's going on!
How Successful Is Act 1 of Death of a Salesman as an Exposition?
An analysis of whether Act 1 of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is successful as an exposition.
In Death of a Salesman Willy Loman Is Tragic, Not Merely a Fool
Willy Loman is a complex character in Death of a Salesman whose victimhood is made universal by Arthur Miller. Is Willy Loman a tragic figure or simply a fool who deserves his eventual consequences?
Christopher Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus": Themes and Style
Christopher Marlowe in this Tragic History of Doctor Faustus (a play), shows many dramatic techniques through the style of his writing, few of which we are going to analyze from the work.
"Master Harold and the Boys": A Racial Awareness Play
I have chosen to create a blog to communicate the racial issues demonstrated in the literary work ‘’Master Harold and the boys’’ by Athol Fugard, a short play set during the apartheid era (a system of racial segregation that was practiced In...
Shakespeare's Othello: Madness through Jealousy, the Tragedy of Othello's Misguided Love for Desdemona
A look will be taken into the actions of Iago and Othello, with comparisons to Shakespeare’s other tragedies, to define the psychological perspectives highlighted by this dark tale.
Definition and Characteristics of Shakespearean Tragedy
A Shakespearean tragedy is a play penned by Shakespeare in the style of Shakespeare. Shakespearean tragedy is different from other styles of tragedy in its structure and features.
What Is a Comedy? Types & Characteristics of Comedy
Poetry has been defined variously by various people. Doctor Johnson says that poetry is a metrical composition. To Lord Macaulay, poetry is the art of doing by means of words what a painter does by means of colours. Carlyle defines poetry as a musical thought. To Shelley, it is the expression of emotions. According to Coleridge, poetry is the best words in the best order. To Wordsworth, poetry is the breath and fine spirit of all learning.
What Martial Art Did the Ninjas Use?
Much of what you hear and see of "Ninja" is pure myth. Stories including ninjas began to appear in popular books and plays in Japan around the 1700s. These mythical depictions of ninjas had them walking on water and literally becoming invisible....
An Analysis of the Causes of Violence in Romeo and Juliet: A Romance Tarnished
Romeo and Juliet is often thought to be a play about enduring love. However, what many casual readers of the play fail to realize is that the main theme of the piece is the violence and chaos encompassing Verona.
Richard III: Comparing William Shakespeare's Play and Richard Loncraine's Film
An academic analysis of Richard Loncraine's film adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Richard III." Ideal for students.