The Capitalist Monster: What can be more morally invalidating than enslavement? Some say death. Others say torture. But what if enslavement is a combination of the two; an ultimate death spiral that captures the soul, debasing the heart and...
In the classic Marlowe play, Dr. Faustus makes a bargain with Mephistopheles: for twenty-four years of unlimited power he trades his soul. Unfortunately, Faustus learns too late that he got the raw end of the deal, but he turns his back on any chance of redemption.
A discussion of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The question of who is at fault for the tragedy is one that is often debated. In this article, and argument is made that it is Gertrude's fault.
'How all occasions do inform against me' [Act 4 Scene 4 Audiences can access Hamlet's thoughts, emotions and feelings via a soliloquy. Here, Hamlet feels lost; defeated; a failure, and he cannot understand why. He has tried to do the right thing; yet nothing has gone right for him. He is disgusted with himself; contemptous of his own weak inadequacy and fearful failings. We learn about Hamlet's confused emotional state; his depression and guilt.
A study of Comedy, the sources of the comic and the devices used by comic playwrights to arouse laughter, referring to the theories by H.Bergson on the social and individual element of comedy.
Of all the characters in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Fortinbras is perhaps the strangest. Oddly enough, though, Fortinbras is a stabilizing force in the action of the play, and he also functions as a framing device for the play itself.
Three sonnets from Romeo and Juliet- Act I prologue, lovers' first kiss, and Act II prologue- analyzed and explained with tutorials on iambic pentameter and rhyme scheme
People can perceive Shakespeare’s Macbeth in different ways. This page discusses whether Macbeth’s character is a villain or a victim
“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.
It’s often said there are only seven types of jokes but among those that expound on this theme there seems little agreement on exactly what those seven are.
Some classic pieces of literature (or in one case, a cult classic movie) seem too good to be changed. But musical versions of these classics happened anyway.
They called her “The Divine Sarah.” She went from the daughter of a courtesan to an internationally known actress to a legend. Sarah Bernhardt was a primadonna who could’ve taken over the world.
Hamlet's soliloquy in Act four scene four, of William Shakespeare's epic masterpiece, is one of the most thrilling speeches of the entire work. This article breaks the entire speech down by sentece, anylising each point individually, and explaining the deep character arcs which happen of ther course of this single speech.
Why did Shakespeare call his play "The Tempest"? Is it just a casual reference to the storm raised in the beginning, or does it hint at far deeper connotations? Is the title Justified? Let's find out.
A critical essay on the symbols and images used by Synge, drawing from both classical and Biblical archetypes, in "The Riders to the Sea".
Hamlet is a famous play written by William Shakespeare. Read the Original Text and the Summary of the FIFTH SOLILOQUY of Hamlet, here.
Death of a Salesman's Willy Loman, was really a low man. He led a very sad life, accoplished little, but had big dreams. Here is an analysis of the man behind the story.
A list of five most memorable speeches by Shakespeare's women that have been evergreen for their universal appeal
Shakespeare did not have much faith in traditional gender roles. His constant subversion of these roles in the submission of men to dominant women illustrates Shakespeare’s feelings that much was amiss in society’s typical dictation of the...
"To be or not to be" is one of the most famous lines in all of English literature. It marks the beginning of Hamlet's "To be or not to be" speech which is a soliloquy. The speech and the line reflect some of the existential questions that Hamlet the play and Hamlet the character are interested in.
Many Shakespearean scholars have differing opinions of Lady Macbeth. These opinions range from viewing Lady Macbeth as evil and malicious to others who see her as a victim of her devotion to her husband. Any of these opinions must be closely...
Read the original text of the second soliloquy from Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, with a summary and analysis.
Character, thematic, and social analysis of A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams. This play has several intriguing themes, which I will discuss. Thank you for reading!
Hamlet is a famous play written by William Shakespeare. Read the original text and the summary of the sixth soliloquy here.
The late Rod McKuen's musical and entertainment accomplishments are undermined by his claim to the title of "poet"; his so-called "poems" exemplify the work of a poetaster—not a poet.
An introductory study of contemporary women poets of India, identifying dominant and recurrent traits which make these poets individualistic yet connected by a unique bond of creative sisterhood.
Dance, exercise, and body language can be written down in a special script called choreology or movement notation. How does it work?
Hamlet; The Prince of Denmark is a play consumed with images and symbols of death and over the course of the play Hamlet considers death from many perspectives pondering the spiritual and physical aspects.
An analysis of Harold Pinter's 'The Homecoming' with particular attention to the glass of water scene.
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, several characters have a certain degree of responsibility for the assassination of King Duncan and the murders that follow. Macbeth, being a soldier, knows how to kill and is familiar with this act. This may be damning...
This article delves into the use of witchcraft as a way to 'get back' at enemies in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible".
Read the original text, a summary, modern translation, and interpretations of the seventh and last soliloquy of William Shakespeare's Hamlet here.
An academic analysis of Richard Loncraine's film adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Richard III." Ideal for students.
Hamlet's tragedy stems from a number of origins. The obvious one is the death of his father. Hamlet is a tragic figure from the moment the audience encounters him, dressed in 'solemn black'. The second cause of Hamlet's tragedy is his mother's behaviour. Instead of sharing her son's grief, and supporting him through it, she has remarried with indecent haste.
Compromising the musical aesthetics between the opposing musical identities of the Mighty Handful and Tchaikovsky allowed for the emergence of a Russian musical identity.
A brief essay on the role of women in Shakespeare's Othello and Ann-Marie Macdonald's Goodnight Desdemona.
Walsh by Sharon Pollock is a contemporary Canadian play. It focuses on the real-life conflict between General Walsh and Chief Sitting Bull in Alberta.
Madame Butterfly is one of the most popular operas of all time. But the ending has a twist—the final chord is unusual. So why did Puccini choose to end his own favourite opera this way?