What points of similarity and difference are there that one could use in analyzing The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar,  A Midnight Summer's Dream, and Othello?original question:...

What points of similarity and difference are there that one could use in analyzing The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar,  A Midnight Summer's Dream, and Othello?

original question: what's the similarity and difference when comparing The tempest to Romeo and Juliet,Macbeth, Julius Caesar,  A midnight summer's dream, and Othello?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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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 tragedy, comedy, and historical drama. Since compare and contrast essays require unified themes, you need to choose some one theme treated in all six plays rather than trying to cover all aspects of all the plays.

One good theme would be the role of women. In several of these plays there are strong female characters (Titania, Lady Macbeth, etc.) and in others women whose political influence is limited to persuasion via love (Desdemona), and another group in which the main female characters are purely occupied with romance.

Another possible theme would be comparing types of love – romantic or sexual love versus deep male friendships (e.g. Othello`s love for Desdemona and his friendship with Iago, love for the women in relation to male bonding in Midsummer, etc.)

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The "original" question, to the unskilled amateur Shaxberd fan like myself, evokes the fact that THE TEMPEST is the first play in the FIRST FOLIO edition of 1623.  Some people, such as the late author John Updike, have said this play is their favorite.  It is way cooleo to compare the epilogue from THE TEMPEST  to Peter Quince's Prologue to the play within the play A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM(MND5.1).  Noted scholar J. Dover Wilson suggested that the best commentary on one play is all the others.  Perhaps here one might note that in CAESAR, MAC and OTHELLO  a king or other authority is murdered or otherwise brought to ruin by the treachery  of others.

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