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One of the most interesting consequences of Robert Greene's attack on Shakespeare, whom he referred to as "an upstart Crow . . . an absolute Johannes Factotum [man of all trades] . . . the only...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2013 4:38 pm UTC

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William Shakespeare is widely acknowledged as the most important figure in English literature. Although some people consider him the "best" author in the English language, that point of view is...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2015 6:48 pm UTC

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Shakespeare wrote during the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, under Queen Elizabeth and King James. His plays depict a broad range of masculine expressions throughout many eras. His young men tend to...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2016 1:12 am UTC

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Though his plays were full of universal themes of love, betrayal, and power, Shakespeare was certainly influenced specifically by the society that existed at the time. Contemporary events...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2018 4:32 pm UTC

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I would argue that Shakespeare did not really have a worldview. This does not mean that he did not believe in anything, it just means that his beliefs and convictions, whatever they were, did not...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2018 10:11 am UTC

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In October, 1592, a pamphlet entitled Greenes, Groats-worth of Witte, bought with a million of Repentance (usually referred to as Greene's Groatsworth of Wit, or simply as Groatsworth of Wit) was...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2020 7:50 pm UTC

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Since the true biographical documentation of William Shakespeare is limited, any such information concerning possible lovers and affairs is even more scarce. There is no true factual data that...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2010 3:36 am UTC

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I'm sure some scholar somewhere has made an exhaustive study and perhaps printed an unabridged concordance of all the scriptural references and biblical allusions in Shakespeare. One such scholar...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2008 5:40 am UTC

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Let me see if I can identify what you are exactly asking for in this question. If you already have an essay and want to create a conclusion to this essay, then you have a couple of choices. A...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2010 8:34 pm UTC

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In the roughly 300 years separating Shakespeare and Shaw, theatrical tastes and audiences changed. Shakespearean theatergoers were a more economically diverse group, and the tastes of the times...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2019 1:49 pm UTC

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The flags flown over the Globe Theatre were a way of advertising, since many people then did not know how to read. Also, the play changed very frequently -- sometimes as many as 20 different plays...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2009 12:37 am UTC

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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury. 1875. William Shakespeare VII. "Under the greenwood tree" UNDER the greenwood tree Who loves to lie with me, And tune his...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2009 2:50 am UTC

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First, let's define the Electra Complex. As it relates to Freud's definition of the Oedipal Complex, it is defined as: the psychoanalytic theory that a female's psychosexual development involves...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2010 9:35 pm UTC

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Though in late modern English we most often use the word constant to mean continual, as in the phrase "constant traffic on the highway," Shakespeare uses it primarily to mean unchanging or...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2019 8:46 am UTC

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The Globe Theatre where many of Shakespeare's plays were performed helped the people to see the Chamberlain's Men (Shakespeares travelling acting troupe) at close quarters in a customized venue -...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2009 10:55 pm UTC

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This is from the song that opens Act 4, scene 3 of The Winter's Tale. The rogue Autolycus is singing about how, as the first response noted, it is springtime, the sweetest time of the year, during...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2010 5:32 am UTC

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As Stephen Holliday has already said, the tragedies in Shakespeare tend to be based in some key flaws on the part of its protagonist. More generally, we might say that Shakespeare's dramas tend to...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2018 9:30 pm UTC

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These two lines mark the closing couplet of the sonnet. A Shakespearean sonnet has fourteen lines, with the first twelve of these lines divided into quatrains—essentially, groups of four lines. If...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2019 12:03 pm UTC

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The English language has its foundation in many languages and, in Shakespeare's day, as ideas expanded and innovations increased, there were not enough words in the vocabulary to describe them....

Latest answer posted March 20, 2013 12:58 pm UTC

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In reply to above question: I wouldn't know. I can't remember seeing a stage performance of Macbeth. Chances are that the scene in which Macduff's son is murdered is left out of a lot of stage...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2012 2:54 am UTC

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One reason Shakespeare remains relevant is because he created characters anyone can relate to. He developed such a wide variety of characters that it is almost impossible not to find one who...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2016 12:34 am UTC

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Shakespeare demonstrates a nuanced attitude toward parenting, clearly illustrating the prevalent attitude of the time (children are their parents' possessions and owe them absolute obedience) as...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2011 10:18 am UTC

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William Shakespeare apparently had seven siblings, but several died as children. William was the first child out of three to survive childhood. His parents then had a son named Gilbert, who became...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2008 12:26 pm UTC

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In 1610, Shakespeare wrote the last play that is credited to him alone. The play is "The Tempest" and was written in either 1610 or 1611. Despite the fact that it is known as Shakepeare's last...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2008 2:58 am UTC

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The Old Globe Theater was built in 1599. Due to the time period that this theater existed in, the theater did not have access to any type of artificial/electric lighting and it would have been...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2009 10:42 am UTC

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It is commonly noted that the Globe Theatre was an octagon, though it did have more than eight sides, as noted above. It was constructed with wooden pegs, and the reconstructed Globe was built in...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2010 2:47 am UTC

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The women of Shakespeare In Love must navigate the difficult position of being, as the queen puts it, “a woman in a man’s world." Viola, as a young woman born into wealth but not aristocracy, finds...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2016 11:14 pm UTC

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This question is asking you to examine three different villains and make a decision as to which character you think is the most villainous. Feel free to take your pick. There isn't a definitively...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2020 12:40 am UTC

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The way Shakespeare represents women in his plays varies wildly from play to play. This is a facet of his work that is both lauded and disliked by critics. Some believe Shakespeare has presented a...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2017 5:55 am UTC

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A Shakespearian comedy, as seen in the vast number of plays that he wrote such as As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream, can be defined by a number of conventions...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2012 7:32 am UTC

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Only limited biographical information about William Shakespeare is preserved in the historical record; most of our knowledge about him pertains mainly to his activities as a writer. Shakespeare was...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2015 1:36 am UTC

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Political events had a profound impact on Shakespeare's plays in ways large and small. Shakespeare was inspired by both the politics of his time and the politics of previous eras of English history...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2016 8:08 pm UTC

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Shakespeare's earlier tragedies are considered to be exaggerated in the use of blood and gore (typical of the Greek tragedy "formula" and almost ritualistic advancement of plot reiterated in...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2009 9:56 pm UTC

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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-on-Avon, a small town about 80 miles northwest of London, England. The region is named Warwickshire and is considered "the heart of England." The area is...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2009 1:21 am UTC

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The first point one should make is that there is absolutely no way to prove this claim. There have been many great and influential writers across a wide range of periods and cultures, and there is...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2016 4:44 pm UTC

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Shakespeare wrote three types of plays including comedies, tragedies and histories. Some critics, however, have argued that Shakespeare's last play The Tempest could be considered a tragicomedy,...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2016 2:52 am UTC

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I would say that Shakespeare wrote about strong women, but it was not always obvious. They did not always win in the end either. For example, even though Juliet defied her father and her family,...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2011 1:59 pm UTC

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You should know a bit about the theatrical construct of theatre companies in Shakespeare's day to understand how acting practices fit in to the world of performance. First, generally, the theatre...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2010 7:30 pm UTC

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Great question and answers. In the tragedies, women were the victims, for the most part, of the men and their bloody, high stakes games and power struggles. In the comedies, Shakespeare could show...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2010 7:37 am UTC

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In a Shakespearean context "Willpower" or Will-power" or "WillPower" is a play on words often used to refer to the power of William Shakespeare. In 2019, for instance, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2020 1:26 pm UTC

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Bad news on this one is that, like most questions about Shakespeare's biography, we don't have any hard and fast answers. All we have are the very, very basics of his life story. So we do know that...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2009 2:49 am UTC

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This particular quote is not a direct quote from Shakespeare. The word "nightmare" only appears once in Shakespeare's plays and it is not in a context anything like this quote. (This is according...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2010 10:18 pm UTC

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Do you mean the poem that is actually entitled "Winter" - because Shakespeare wrote many poems about winter that have the word "winter" in the title. WINTER - by William Shakespeare When icicles...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2010 6:47 am UTC

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It sounds as if you are being asked to write a compare and contrast essay concerning several of Shakespeare’s major plays. The themes of these plays are quite different, and the genres include...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2012 4:25 am UTC

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In the movie “Renditon” the agent says that under torture the suspect confessed to things he did not do. The movie was based on a true stroy and was released in 2007. It stared Omar Metwally and...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2009 4:45 am UTC

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Though Shakespeare has coined more of our words and phrases than most of us even realize, this one pre-dates him. The phrase "bag and baggage" is from Shakespeare's comedy As You Like It, written...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2010 1:10 pm UTC

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There are many references to "nourishing" in Shakespeare's works. When researching the phrase, the initial search showed "Quod Me Nutrit Me Destruit." The origin of this phrase, meaning "that which...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2012 6:38 pm UTC

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As the previous posts have noted, many of Shakespeare's works utilize supernatural references. Ranging from Julius Caesar's line, "The fault is not in our stars," to the storm that shipwrecks...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2009 5:32 am UTC

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This happened during his life, pertaining his death: His epitaph is a curse to anyone who dares move him from there, and to this day his resting place is still in the original location. The curse...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2010 1:17 am UTC

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These women are all very different. Cleopatra is queen and she has power despite the fact that Egypt is under the rule of Rome. She is strong and independent. She uses this power (which is sexual)...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2011 2:53 am UTC

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