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Jacques' speech in II.vii of "As You Like It" is rife with literary devices. Before jumping into a line by line analysis, it is important to note some figures of speech that span the entirety of...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2016 8:06 pm UTC

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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, England, a town which makes much of its association with the great man. The records in Stratford were very good at the time, so...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2018 8:09 am UTC

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“Famous” is almost a modern term, made viable by today’s technologies – radio, television, Internet, and all the mass-media outlets in daily use today. But in Shakespeare’s day (1564-1616),...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2016 7:49 pm UTC

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In act 2, scene 7 of Shakespeare's As You Like It, Jaques is prompted by the lines of Duke Senior to engage in an extended metaphor comparing the seven stages of man's life to acts in a play. DUKE...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2019 7:36 pm UTC

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The study of the history of Shakespeare’s texts is a life-long discipline for English literature scholars (see Fredson Bowers’ definitive Principles of Bibliographical Description, 1949). They...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2016 7:17 pm UTC

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A lot of superstitions regarding women in Shakespeare's day had to do with social deviancy and witchcraft. Unmarried women, especially those who were old, were often suspected of being witches....

Latest answer posted June 29, 2016 8:17 pm UTC

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In Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, more commonly known by its first line "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?," the speaker is reluctant to compare his lover to a summer's day because he believes that...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016 10:10 pm UTC

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An introductory paragraph for a discussion of the depiction of women in the writings of William Shakespeare will certainly depend upon the size of the assignment and its content. In general, an...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2017 6:18 am UTC

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Since there are so few historical documents pertaining to Shakespeare’s life, biographers are forced to be speculative biographers—that is, assumptions must be made based on general knowledge of...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2012 3:53 pm UTC

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This question raises an important question regarding how we should approach Shakespeare's plays and their role within Elizabethan and Jacobean society. Shakespeare is largely credited with...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2019 1:38 am UTC

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Although there are many thoughts on this topic, one might argue that the tone of Shakespeare's "Sonnet One" (which is, to be more specific, the first of a series of seventeen sonnets themed around...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2016 7:04 am UTC

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Thesis statements for each of these positions will be pretty easy to generate, because this question itself is halfway there. A thesis statement should state an opinion, or a matter about which...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2020 3:57 pm UTC

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1. Verse poetry. The main reason Shakespeare sounds so "formal" is that his plays are predominately written in a rigid verse structure. This structure has been analyzed for centuries, and there is...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2016 11:27 pm UTC

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In Act II, Scene VII of As You Like It, the hopelessly melancholy character, Jacques, says that All the world's a stage,And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2017 6:21 pm UTC

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I would argue he is. Shakespeare's plays have endured hundreds of years, and audiences still pay to see them performed, either in period costumes or with modern settings and interpretations....

Latest answer posted August 31, 2016 1:33 pm UTC

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No. Most of Shakespeare's plays are written in what is known as blank verse. Blank verse is an unrhymed line of speech written in iambic pentameter. Iambic pentameter is a line of poetry or verse...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2016 2:09 am UTC

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People are varied and their reasons for loving Shakespeare are just as diverse. Yet, there are some popular reasons why people love Shakespeare. I'll outline some of them below. Poetry -...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016 6:27 pm UTC

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By the time it is pronounced that Shylock must convert to Christianity, Antonio has already been saved from having to give up a pound of flesh. It is Antonio, in fact, who creates the condition...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016 2:00 pm UTC

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Yes, it is false, for several reasons. First, the Greek stage was designed to be viewed from the front, while Shakespeare’s Globe, for instance, was designed to allow an audience to view the play...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2016 10:21 pm UTC

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To explain—but never excuse—Shakespeare, it's important to understand that anti-semitism was common in Europe from well before his time up through the early part of the 20th century. That said, the...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2016 7:27 pm UTC

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