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.
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.
Japanese Kabuki Theatre and the Evolution of Women's Roles
Although women do not have the same status they had when kabuki was first born, they still play an important role.
"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.
"Twelfth Night": Is Malvolio a Victim We Sympathise With or a Comic Target?
An exploration of Malvolio in "Twelfth Night."
"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 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.
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. Benvolio'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." If you're struggling to understand this text, look no further.
Love, Nature, and Fairies in "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 and Queen.
An Introduction to 21st Century Indian Women Poets
Studying Indian poetry? Interested in women writers? Here's an introductory study of contemporary women poets of India that identifies dominant and recurrent traits which make these poets individualistic yet connected by a unique bond of creative sisterhood.
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.
Critical Analysis of Lucky's Speech in "Waiting for Godot"
Critical analysis of Lucky's speech in Act I of "Waiting for Godot."
How Successful Is Act 1 of "Death of a Salesman" as an Exposition?
This article offers an analysis of whether Act 1 of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" is successful as an exposition. What is an exposition, and why would we care about the success of the first act as such? Read on for my full explanation and analysis.
"Death of a Salesman": Willy Loman Is Not Only a Fool but Also Tragic
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
In his play "The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus," Christopher Marlowe shows many dramatic techniques through the style of his writing, a few of which we are going to analyze from the work.
Shakespeare's "Othello": Madness Through Jealousy, the Tragedy of Othello's Misguided Love for Desdemona
This article will take a look 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 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.
"Romeo and Juliet" Prologue: Line-by-Line Analysis
If you are struggling to make sense of the prologue to Romeo and Juliet, try this handy line-by-line analysis. We start first with the prologue in its entirety and a quick summary of the facts. Then, we move on to a translation and explanation of each line individually.
Three Sonnets in "Romeo and Juliet" (With Analysis)
Study these sonnets along with a complete review of rhyme scheme and iambic pentameter. The prologue to "Romeo and Juliet" is the first sonnet the play. The dialogue that makes up the lovers' first kiss and the prologue to act II are also sonnets.
Love as a Human Desire in Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream"
While sometimes a scary, daunting word, "love" can also be an exciting, amazing feeling. Shakespeare explored the varying concepts of love in "Midsummer Night's Dream." Read on for my full analysis of how love operates in Shakespeare's classic play.
Existentialism in Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot"
Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is a play that presents conflict between living by religious and spiritual beliefs, and living by an existential philosophy, which asserts that it is up to the individual to discover the meaning of life through...