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.
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.
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?
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...
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.
“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.
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?
There has been a long-standing debate over the true definition of tragedy in dramatic literature. Read this discussion of Aristotle's definition weighed against three tragedies written in different centuries.
"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.
Soliloquy, aside, monologue, and dialogue are four very different dramatic devices.Dialogue and monologue are most often used to advance the action of a play. Soliloquy and aside are devices often used to reveal insights about individual characters, particularly in Shakespeare plays.
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.
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.
Learn methods for drawing a crowd to your free comedy show, even if it’s your first time putting on one.
A critical essay on the symbols and images used by Synge, drawing from both classical and Biblical archetypes, in "The Riders to the Sea".
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...
Shakespeare's three best-known plays are Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Hamlet. Each one has an interesting story and a movie adaptation.
Read the original text of the second soliloquy from Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, with a summary and analysis.
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.
Love may be a scary, daunting word and, at other times, it may be an exciting, amazing feeling. Shakespeare explored the varying concepts of love in "Midsummer Night's Dream." Here is an analysis.
Death of a Salesman's Willy Loman was a low man. He led a sorrowful life, accomplished little, but had big dreams. Here is an analysis of the man behind the story.
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.
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?
Read the original text, a summary, modern translation, and interpretations of the seventh and last soliloquy of William Shakespeare's Hamlet here.
Hamlet is a famous play written by William Shakespeare. Read the original text and the summary of the sixth soliloquy here.
Three sonnets from Romeo and Juliet are in the Act I prologue, the lovers' first kiss in Act I, and the Act II prologue. Follow along with this article to study three sonnets in Romeo and Juliet. This article will also provide a complete review of rhyme scheme and iambic pentameter.
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...
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.
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.
This is possibly Tom Stoppard's best known play. It offers an amusing and thought-provoking twist on Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
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!
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.
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...
Compromising the musical aesthetics between the opposing musical identities of the Mighty Handful and Tchaikovsky allowed for the emergence of a Russian musical identity.
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.
An analysis of Harold Pinter's 'The Homecoming' with particular attention to the glass of water scene.
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.
Analysis of the play "Huis Clos" or No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre. The dramaturgy in Huis Clos/No Exit, the philosophical base of the play and Sartre's Hell is analysed.
The first witch scene introduces the reader to the obvious darkness and evil in which the whole play is enveloped. The thunder and lighting, which is also prevalent throughout the play, is an indicator of ill-happenings as a result of evil forces. The witches plan their next meeting and agree to meet Macbeth upon the heath "When the battle's lost and won"
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.
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.
Fear is a powerful motivator that can inspire hysteria, paranoia, and intolerance as seen in The Crucible.
This analysis argues that Shakespeare's theme of Love in 'Romeo and Juliet' is highly relevant today. Love’s obstacles, 'True love never does run smooth' is true as ever' writes Joshua Cabucos.
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!
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.
Hamlet is a famous play written by William Shakespeare. Read the Original Text and the Summary of the FIFTH SOLILOQUY of Hamlet, here.
This article delves into the use of witchcraft as a way to 'get back' at enemies in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible".
'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.
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.
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...
The Nurse is a bawdy, overly talkative,and 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.
Hamlet is a famous play written by William Shakespeare. Read the Original Text and the Summary of the first soliloquy of Hamlet, here, which falls in Hamlet act 1, Scene 2.
A list of five most memorable speeches by Shakespeare's women that have been evergreen for their universal appeal
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.
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...
This article explores how to teach drama using several different, easy concepts. Gain confidence in your lessons when you use any one or a combination of these tools. A clear guide for how to use drama lesson plans, drama games, improvisation games, and monologues.
People can perceive Shakespeare’s Macbeth in different ways. This page discusses whether Macbeth’s character is a villain or a victim
Did you ever think Shakespeare used the 7 deadly sins as a basis for his plays? He could have. This article gives in depth analysis of the way he portrayed these sins without saying them directly.
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.
The past is now past, but the future of circus continues—in traditional shows, venues and in new, varied exhibitions. As a forever fan of CIRCUS, this author writes about circus life—yesterday, today and tomorrow.
A brief essay on the role of women in Shakespeare's Othello and Ann-Marie Macdonald's Goodnight Desdemona.
This is an analytical essay that examines the racial issues in Shakespeare's play, "Othello." The play ponders whether race is a social fabrication or an innate ugliness of human nature.
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.
Over 400 years later, Shakespeare's "To be or not to be" soliloquy is as relevant as ever, forcing us to face the mysteries of life and death.
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.
A short summary and analysis "Hamlet," and a list of all seven of Hamlet's soliloquies with original text and interpretation.
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....
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.
A century ago a German magician was the highest paid performer of his time and scarcely anybody knows his name today.
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.
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.