Play analysis

Julius Caesar Superstition

In the play of Julius Caesar, we see a brief picture of Roman life during the time of the First Triumvirate. In this play, we see many unfortunate things. Shakespeare gives us the idea that many people try to uphold what the future has for us, such as unfortunate things, by being superstitious. Superstition seems […]

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How is The Merchant of Venice like a soap opera

The majority of people in Britain adore soap operas. They habitually watch them, read magazines dedicated to them and talk incessantly about them. They discuss the characters as if they were real and get involved with the storylines. When a character is killed off or written out, the general public reacts as if the character […]

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The dramatic impact and significance of Act 2 Scene 2 within the context of the whole play in Macbeth

There are many horrific and grave scenes in Shakespeare’s Macbeth but act 2 scene 2 is by far the most intense in the whole play. As we don’t see how King Duncan is murdered, more attention is given to Macbeth’s reaction to the murder and it also focuses on the relationship between Macbeth and Lady […]

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The Importance of Being Earnest also makes a number

I agree with the comment that The Importance of Being Earnest is definitely a comedy; There are many amusing quotes throughout the play but also the plot of the play is comical. The plot is a coincidental farcical which builds up to a preposterous climax. It uses irony to poke fun at everyday customs in […]

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Act I of An Inspector Calls

In Act I of An Inspector Calls how does J B Priestley use dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas to members of the audience, as well as interest and involve them in the play? An Inspector Calls was written by J B Priestley in 1945 at the end of World War II but […]

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The enjoyment and understanding of the play Romeo and Juliet

In the 16th century the theatre was a major form of entertainment. Shakespeare had to make sure that his plays were suitable for all ages. In the theatre the audience were disrespectful and if they didn’t like the play; they would react in a very ill mannered way. Shakespeare’s plays were watched by people of […]

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Streetcar Named Desire Analysis

Within the play Streetcar Named Desire written by Tennessee Williams, the lives and relationship of Blanche DuBois and Stella Kowalski are plotted out in a scene of events that depicts astute betrayal and out of the ordinary family matters. Based on the time period of this play, that being of the Old South conservative dominated […]

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How does Russell use the opening scene to prepare the audience for the rest of the play

Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’ sees the first scene introduce many ideas which run throughout the play. The inventive use of such a large opening scene permits Russell to cover many issues and aspects within both character and theme which are extended and covered with more depth later in the play. Key points are introduced right […]

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Educating Rita Example #4

Willy Russell was born in Whiston, near Liverpool, England, in 1947. Russell has written a string of popular, award-winning plays and musicals, but perhaps one of the most well known is Educating Rita. In this play Willy Russell is very much producing a mirror image of parts of his life. As a child and growing […]

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“The Crucible” Meanings

In the first act, Arthur Miller draws in and engages an audience, using several different techniques, such as dramatic irony, the use of language, stage direction and allegory. It is important that the audience is interested in the first act, because then they will want to watch the rest of the play. Arthur Miller establishes […]

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In William Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream the audience follows the characters through a magical dreamlike adventure which creates thoughtful laughter. The comedy goes far beyond surface jokes because each trick holds a deeper meaning. Shakespeare’s immaculate and clever use of the English language presents his audience with an ongoing humor which is not […]

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Silas Marner Analysis

The play I will be writing about is Silas Marner; it was first published in 1861, and was written by George Elliot. The particular play I saw was directed by Tim Baker, he personally adapted the play and it was shown at Theatre Clwyd, Theatre Clwyd is small but locally renowned for its welsh productions. […]

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Stichomythia of Hamlet

Stichomythia is a verbal fight between two characters in a book. In the book Hamlet stichomythia can be found in Act Three, Scene Four. This scene is between Gertrude and Hamlet. The significance of the stichomythia is to show how far Hamlet’s madness has gone. The scene starts off with Polonius telling Gertrude that he […]

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Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller presents his play ‘Death of a Salesman’ in the ancient form of a tragedy. Aristotle has defined his idea of the ‘perfect’ tragedy in his text, ‘Poetics’ (350 BC). Here he suggests that the protagonist must fall from an elevated social standing as a result of a “fatal flaw” within the character; the […]

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How Is Xenophobia Expressed in This Play

In the Merchant of Venice written by William Shakespeare, a Christian named Antonio asks to borrow money from the Jewish money-lender shylock. Bassanio is the Christian that asks Antonio to borrow the money from shylock so he could marry the fair, rich, maiden Portia. Jews were treated with racial discrimination by the Christians, simply because […]

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Critical Lens Crucible and to Kill a Mockingbird

The Great Alexander Pope once said, “Difficulties are things which show what men really are. ” This statement means that challenges in life display people’s true personalities. This quote is true, and many works of literature support this idea. Two pieces of literature that support this statement made by Alexander Pope are Arthur Miller’s tragedy, […]

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Shakespeare Makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet Dramatically Effective

In the play Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare explores the themes of love and hate. It is ultimately a love story between the characters Romeo and Juliet that ends in tragedy due to the ongoing feud between their families, the Montague’s and Capulet’s. Before Act 1 Scene 5 where the main characters would meet for the […]

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Macbeth Uncontrolled Ambition

Being a victim is an uncontrollable position that most people do not deserve to suffer through. In William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Macbeth is victimized in a variety of ways due to his surroundings which purloin his real character. Lady Macbeth’s uncontrolled ambition takes a turn for the worse on Macbeth, as she pressures him to […]

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