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Greek Literature Greek Literature GREEK LITERATURE. The great British philosopher-mathematician Alfred North Whitehead once commented that all philosophy is but a footnote to Plato . A similar point can be made regarding Greek literature as a whole. Over a period of more than ten centuries, the ancient Greeks created a literature of such brilliance that it has rarely been equaled and never surpassed. In poetry, tragedy, comedy, and history, Greek writers created masterpieces that have inspired,
Henry IV: Appearance vs. Reality Henry IV: Appearance vs. Reality Shakespeare\'s play Henry IV begins with a king (King Henry) beginning a pilgrimage after killing King Richard II. Henry believes that by gaining the throne of England he has done an honourable deed, yet he admits that the fighting and bloodshed could continue, A. . . ill sheathed knife . . . @ (I.1.17). He, also, admits that his own son, Prince Hal, is not honourable enough to occupy the throne, Asee riot and dishonour stain the
The Taming of the Shrew: An Critique The Taming of the Shrew: An Critique The Taming of the Shrew is one of the earliest comedies written by sixteenth and seventeenth century English bard, William Shakespeare. Some scholars believe it may have been his first work written for the stage as well as his first comedy (Shakespearean 310). The earliest record of it being performed on stage is in 1593 or 1594. It is thought by many to be one of Shakespeare\'s most immature plays (Cyclopedia 1106). In T
A Letter to Shakespeare A Letter to Shakespeare January 23, 1997 William Shakespeare Stratford upon Avon Dear Mr. Shakespeare Just recently, I have read what it probably your most highly acclaimed works, Romeo and Juliet. I must give you credit for doing some great work with it, being that there are many people who enjoy it tremendously, however, I have a few problems with your story. I guess the main point that I am trying to stress, is that your story, yet good, is written to be understood by
Macbeth: Corruption Macbeth: Corruption When people come into a postion of power where the definition of control becomes a new definition according to their point of view, they unleash a feeling in their minds that what ever decision they make that directly conflicts the lives of other people, they don\'t feel responsible. That\'s when npower corrupts the minds of people. People in power feel that they can do anything when their in power for a long period of time. Corruption is something that i
Comparing the Different Types of Love Evident in Romeo and Juliet Comparing the Different Types of Love Evident in Romeo and Juliet “True love is like ghosts,claims François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Which everyone talks about but few have seen. What is true love? Is it idealistic love or physical love, mature love or paternal love. Well kiddies, it is all that are listed here for each has its own place in the Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet. Physical love, which Mercutio believes in, is
Macbeth and Beowulf: Evil Defined By Human Preoccupation Macbeth and Beowulf: Evil Defined By Human Preoccupation For centuries evil was defined by human preoccupation, and it was often indicated in the English literature. From Beowulf to Macbeth, people\'s perception on the nature of evil had matured and became more complex. In Beowulf\'s period, evil was simply defined based on outer appearances and actions. The author of Beowulf described the evil Grendel as a fearsome monster: He(with shar
William Shakespeare\'s Life William Shakespeare\'s Life By Paul Bleier William Shakespeare was a supreme English poet and playwright, universally recognized as the greatest of all the dramatists. A complete, authoritative account of Shakespeare\'s life is lacking; much supposition surrounds relatively few facts. His day of birth is traditionally held on April 23, and he was baptized on April 24, 1564. He was the third of eight children, and was the eldest son of John Shakespeare. He was probabl
Hamlet as a Tragic Hero Hamlet as a Tragic Hero William Shakespeare, the greatest playwright of the English language, wrote a total of 37 plays in his lifetime, all of which can be categorized under tragedy, comedy, or history. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Shakespeare\'s most popular and greatest tragedy, displays his genius as a playwright, as literary critics and academic commentators have found an unusual number of themes and literary techniques present in Hamlet. Hamlet concerns the murder of the
Hamlet and Gertrude: Love or Hate Hamlet and Gertrude: Love or Hate Imagine it, while away at college you receive word that your beloved father who had seemed in good health only a short while ago has died leaving your mother and yourself. This situation would be enough to bring great depression to even the strongest of souls but for Hamlet, the fictional prince of Denmark in Shakespeare\'s play of the same name, this is not his imagination but cruel reality. Not only has his father passed but,
Is Hamlet Mad? Is Hamlet Mad? Perhaps the world\'s most famous mental patient, Hamlet\'s sanity has been argued over by countless learned scholars for hundreds of years. As a mere student of advanced-level English Literature, I doubt I can add anything new to the debate in 2000 words, but I can look at the evidence supporting or dispelling each argument and come to my own conclusion. Hamlet is obviously experiencing grief and despair right from the beginning of the novel, with the death of his
Life of William Shakespeare Life of William Shakespeare Around 1568, a group of actors visited Stratford and put on a play before the entire town, with permission from John Shakespeare, the mayor of the town. The people loved the play, especially the small children. All of them looked up to the actors, as they returned each year to perform different plays. They had dreams of one day becoming actors, but only one of these children fulfilled this dream. This child was the mayor\'s son, William Sh
Macbeth: Protagonist Becoming Evil Macbeth: Protagonist Becoming Evil The story Macbeth is like no other in plot and poetry. It sets itself apart from the rest by having a protagonist becoming evil. What makes Macbeth such a complicated character is the way his outlook keeps on changing throughout the play. This essay will prove that Macbeth is an evil man and was not overpowered by ambition to get what he wanted. This essay will also determine that certain characters like the witches did not f
Macbeth: Witches Influence on Macbeth\'s Decisions Macbeth: Witches Influence on Macbeth\'s Decisions In the Shakespearean play, Macbeth, the witches influence on how Macbeth made his decisions played a crucial part in contributing to his eventual destruction. The witches were trying to create chaos by prophesying to Macbeth in order to get him to act. They planted the seed of evil in Macbeth\'s head that grew to dominate his mind. But it was Macbeth who made the choices that determined his f
Macbeth: Summary Macbeth: Summary Macbeth and Banquo, Scottish generals, are returning after crushing a rebellion against Duncan ( King of Scotland ), when they are met by three witches. The witches prophesy that Macbeth will become thane of Cawdor , then later on he will become King. Banquo is told that he will never become King, but will be the father of Kings. Macbeth is horrified, for shortly afterwards a messenger arrives to tell him that Duncan has created him Thane of Cawdor as a reward f
The Tempest: Magic The Tempest: Magic The Tempest, written in 1611, was one of William Shakespeare\'s last plays. It has a combination of superb characters, interesting settings, and a good plot line—all held together by the running theme of magic, and its ever- present importance. A closer examination of the magic in The Tempest, and the public\'s view of magic at the time, will give insight as to Shakespeare\'s choice of magic as a theme, and why it has made the play so successful and timeles
The Merchant of Venice: A Tragic Play The Merchant of Venice: A Tragic Play In my opinion the play The Merchant of Venice is a tragic one which is discised as being comic. Many factors of this play are derived from the current voice of situation. The Merchant of Venice could be looked at as more tragic because of the negative intents from some of the characters in the play. Greed and deception are just a couple of the main features from where many of the decisions are derived. For example, reve
William Shakespeare: Most Famous of All English Writers William Shakespeare: Most Famous of All English Writers William Shakespeare, the most famous of all English writers, has written many works. One such work is Much Ado About Nothing, a comedy that includes humor, love, and deceit. Several incidents in the life of the author influenced him to write this play in the fashion that he did. These events come from his life and the point in history in which he lived, thus producing Much Ado About n
Othello: Iago - O, beware, my lord, of Jealousy Othello: Iago - O, beware, my lord, of Jealousy This essay is about William Shakespeare\'s Othello. It focuses on Iago\'s words to Othello, “O, beware, my lord, of Jealousy. It is the green-eyed monster.” in act 3, scene 3 and just how important this warning was not only for Othello, but also for Roderigo and for Iago. Before considering the importance of Iago\'s words, it is important to define what jealousy means. According to The New Lexico
Perfectly Imperfect: The Shakespeare Story Perfectly Imperfect: The Shakespeare Story Few authors today write with such universal understanding that their works will be popular with all types of people, and so successfully that their work survives centuries. These authors posses qualities we can seldom identify in their lifetimes. Yet we do know this -- William Shakespeare was one of them. William Shakespeare\'s parents were John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. John Shakespeare was born in 1529
Shakespeare: Biography Shakespeare: Biography William Shakespeare was a great English playwright, dramatist and poet who lived during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwright of all time. No other writer\'s plays have been produced so many times or read so widely in so many countries as his. Shakespeare was born to middle class parents. His father, John, was a Stratford businessman. He was a glove maker who owned a leather shop.
Shakespeare\'s World Shakespeare\'s World Almost every nation on earth reads, studies and performs the works of William Shakespeare. No writer of any country, nor any age, has ever enjoyed such universal popularity. Neither has any writer been so praised. As William Hazlitt observed, The most striking peculiarity of Shakespeare\'s mind was it\'s generic quality, its power of communication with all other minds. It is perhaps this quality that has earned Shakespeare the supreme accolade, that o
Doubt of Shakespeare\'s Authorship of His Plays Doubt of Shakespeare\'s Authorship of His Plays Over the years, various persons have expressed doubt as to the authorship of William Shakespeare. These doubts are as old as his plays. American author, Henry James once said, I am haunted by the conviction that the divine William is the biggest and the most successful fraud ever practiced on a patient world. (Hoffman 27) On the other hand, author Calvin Hoffman was convinced that Shakespeare was t
The Taming of the Shrew: Summary The Taming of the Shrew: Summary The Taming of the Shrew is one of the earliest comedies written by sixteenth and seventeenth century English bard, William Shakespeare. Some scholars believe it may have been his first work written for the stage as well as his first comedy (Shakespearean 310). The earliest record of it being performed on stage is in 1593 or 1594. It is thought by many to be one of Shakespeare\'s most immature plays (Cyclopedia 1106). In The Tamin
The Merchant of Venice: Shylock - Victim or Villain The Merchant of Venice: Shylock - Victim or Villain In 1594 the Earl of Essex, an English Nobleman who lived during the Elizabethan period in England, was actively involved in the persecution and trials of Roderigo Lopez. Lopez was a Jew of Portuguese descent, who was wrongly accused of attempting to poison the Queen of England, for reasons never fully explained. Lopez, being the Queen\'s royal physician, was in no position to defend himself o
Romeo and Juliet: Romeo - A Tragic Hero Romeo and Juliet: Romeo - A Tragic Hero Shakespeare is a well known author who wrote in the 1500\'s. Many of his plays are classified as tragedies. According to the Oxford dictionary of current English, a tragedy is described as a serious disaster or a sad event. In Shakespeare plays, tragedy is identified as a story that ends unhappily due to the fall of the protagonist, which is the tragic hero. For a play to be a tragedy, there must be a tragic hero. I
The Role of Prejudice In The Merchant of Venice The Role of Prejudice In The Merchant of Venice This paper discusses the subject of prejudice in the William Shakespeare play, The Merchant of Venice. I. Introduction William Shakespeare\'s satirical comedy, The Merchant of Venice, believed to have been written in 1596 was an examination of hatred and greed.The premise deals with the antagonistic relationship between Shylock, a Jewish money-lender and Antonio, the Christian merchant, who is as gen
Shakespeares Sonnet Number 126: Critique Shakespeare\'s Sonnet Number 126: Critique Shakespeare\'s sonnets, as poems, have been obscured by the enormous amount of speculation, much of it unjustified, that has grown up around the problems presented by the dedication. The following sonnet is commonly grouped with 125 others that are believed to have been written to a much admired young man, who was Shakespeare\'s junior in both years and social status. The form in which the poem is written is ofte
A Comparison of Contemporary and Romance Literature A Comparison of Contemporary and Romance Literature Contemporary literature in the form of a short story consists of a plot, characters, point of view, setting, and theme (2). These elements can vary a great deal from one story to the next. An author of a short story also reveals a tone and a mood shown by his or her style of writing. Although romance literature contains the elements mentioned above, they are very different than those in short
Acronyms, Idioms and Slang: the Evolution of the English Language. Acronyms, Idioms and Slang: the Evolution of the English Language. Although the English language is only 1500 years old, it has evolved at an incredible rate: so much so, that, at first glance, the average person in America today would find most Shakespearean literature confusing without the aid of an Old-English dictionary or Cliff\'s Notes. Yet Shakespear lived just 300 years ago! Some are seeing this is a sign of the decline
A Discussion on Animal Rights A Discussion on Animal Rights Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; The Declaration of Independence holds these rights to be self evident and unalienable. In the eighteenth century when these words were written they were called natural rights, today we call them human rights (McShea 34). The issue of whether or not to grant animal rights such as those that humans retain, is a greatly disputed issue. Philosophers, clergyman, and politicians have argued the
My First Job at Buzzy\'s Diner My First Job at Buzzy\'s Diner John Lehner Feb. 15, 1996 English 111 The first job I had was at Buzzy\'s Diner, located in a small suburban town in upstate New York. It isn\'t a classy restaurant, it isn\'t even a very clean one, but during the hours that its open in the morning it is probably the busiest place within fifteen miles. Although the food there is inexpensive and very good, the main reason people eat their lunch and breakfast there is because of the di
The Catcher in the Rye: Holden and Modern Teenagers The Catcher in the Rye: Holden and Modern Teenagers The characteristics of Holden from the book The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, will be compared to the modern teenager.  The characteristics of both sets of teenagers are basically similar, but in some parts, they are different. I chose myself as the modern teenager to be compared to Holden. There will be four major subjects to be talked about in the essay. The main subjects that are
British Control of the Caribbean and Its Allusion in Caribbean Literature British Control of the Caribbean and Its Allusion in Caribbean Literature The British have influenced the perspective of the Caribbean people in many ways. The people\'s self awareness, religion, language, and culture has coped with the influx of British ideals and in coping, the people have changed to appease the islands\' highly influential British population. Three excepts highly influenced by the British ideals are C
College Fraternities College Fraternities A fraternity, as defined by the The American Heritage Dictionary is a chiefly social organization of male college students, usually designated by Greek letters.(pg. 523) This definition, however, is very limited and leaves plenty of space for short sighted people to believe the stereotype conveyed by the popular media, where fraternity members are depicted as drunks who accomplish nothing either scholastically or socially. Unfortunately, both this def
Pride and Prejudice: Summary Pride and Prejudice: Summary Mark Hines Jane Austen\'s Pride and Prejudice is a complex novel that relates the events surrounding the relations, lives, and loves of a middle-upper class English family in the late nineteenth century. Because of the detailed descriptions of the events surrounding the life of the main character of the story, Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice is a very involving novel whose title is very indicative of the themes contained therein. T
Representations of Masculinity and Femininity in Miguel Street Representations of Masculinity and Femininity in Miguel Street It has been said about V.S. Naipaul\'s novel Miguel Street that One of the recurrent themes... is the ideal of manliness (Kelly 19). To help put into focus what manliness is, it is important to establish a definition for masculinity as well as its opposite, femininity. Masculinity is defined as Having qualities regarded as characteristic of men and boys, as strength,
Richard Lederer: His Works Richard Lederer: His Works Richard Lederer was once asked where he would get all these funny stories he answered: Ever since I became a writer, I had found that questions the most difficult to answer and had only recently come up with an analogy that I thought would satisfy both my audience and me. Pouncing on the opportunity to unveil my spanking new explanation, I countered with, Where does the spider get its web? The idea, of course, was that the spider is not awa
Great Expectations vs. Oliver Twist Great Expectations vs. Oliver Twist During his lifetime, Charles Dickens is known to have written several books. Although each book is different, they also share many similarities. Two of his books, Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, are representatives of the many kinds of differences and similarities found within his work. Perhaps the reason why these two novels share some of the same qualities is because they both reflect painful experiences which occurr
How Advertising Affects What You Buy How Advertising Affects What You Buy Catherine Crawford English 1A MW 4-515 Dr. Bergmann November 13, 1994 (Research Paper) OUTLINE Thesis: Advertising has different effects on consumers, it changes their prospective on what is, and what is not, worth buying, what they buy and when they buy it. 1. How advertisers target a certain background or area for their product, and how they get your attention. 2. What advertisers use to get you to buy their product, su
Juvenalian and Horatian Satire Juvenalian and Horatian Satire Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody\'s face but their own; which is the chief reason for that kind of reception it meets in the world, and that so very few are offended with it. Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. The Battle of the Books, Preface (written 1697; published 1704). Satire is known as the literary style which makes light of a subject, diminishing its importance by p
Lord of the Flies: Man Is Savage at Heart Lord of the Flies: Man Is Savage at Heart Copyright (C) 1996 By Kevin McKillop A running theme in Lord of the Flies is that man is savage at heart, always ultimately reverting back to an evil and primitive nature. The cycle of man\'s rise to power, or righteousness, and his inevitable fall from grace is an important point that book proves again and again, often comparing man with characters from the Bible to give a more vivid picture of his descent. Lor
Poem Lucifer in the Starlight: New Meanings and Ideas Poem Lucifer in the Starlight: New Meanings and Ideas Examining a poem in detail can bring out new meanings and ideas. By careful analysis, the full beauty of the poem can be appreciated. The poem Lucifer in Starlight (p. 959), by George Meredith, can be analyzed to refine the authors purpose, by examining every subtle hint, every possibility, for a deeper theme. Also, deciphering formal literary techniques such as metaphor, connotat
Moby Dick Moby Dick by Cazi Brasga Honors English III 9/04/96 I. Biographical Insights A. The culture this great author was a part of was the time in American history where inspiring works of literature began to emerge. It was also a time when American writers had not completely separated its literary heritage from Europe, partly because there were successful literary genius\' flourishing there. B. Herman Melville was born on August 1, 1819, he was the son of Allan and Maria Melville. During He
Prejudice Against Native Americans Prejudice Against Native Americans Adam J.E. Koeneman English 190-28 Professor Engles These people began migrating thirty thousand years before Christopher Colombus discovered the Americas. Native Americans migrated from Asia, crossing a land bridge where the Bering Strait off the coast of Alaska is today. Over the centuries these people spread throughout the continents of North and South America. Since the arrival of the Europeans in 1492 the American India
Beowulf: Themes Beowulf: Themes The Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf is the most important work of Old English literature, and is well deserved of the distinction. The epic tells the story of a hero, a Scandinavian prince named Beowulf, who rids the Danes of the monster Grendel, a descendent of Cain, and of his exploits fighting Grendel\'s mother and a Dragon. Throughout the epic, the Anglo-Saxon story teller uses many elements to build a certain depth to the characters. Just a few of the important cha
Personal Essay on Hamlet Personal Essay on Hamlet I remember my fourth grade year as if it were yesterday. My homeroom teacher, Mr. Anderson, would stand at the front of the room each morning at 9:15, and wait patiently for us to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Then, like clockwork, at exactly 9:17, as my class of 28 sat down, he would set up a magic trick, pretending each day that something was going wrong during the set-up. As Mr. Anderson did this, he would often tell us a story that in some w
Pride and Prejudice: Irony Pride and Prejudice: Irony It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.(pg.1) The first sentence of Jane Austen\'s Pride and Prejudice is perhaps the most famous opening of all English comedies concerning social manners. It encapsulates the ambitions of the empty headed Mrs. Bennet, and her desire to find a good match for each of her five daughters from the middle-class young men of the family\
The Cherry Orchard: Reality, Illusion, and Foolish Pride The Cherry Orchard: Reality, Illusion, and Foolish Pride Chandler Friedman English 231 Dr. Clark Lemons In the plays The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, A Doll\'s House by Henrik Ibsen, and Galileo by Bertolt Brecht, the protagonists\' mental beliefs combine reality and illusion that both shape the plot of each respective story. The ability of the characters to reject or accept an illusion, along with the foolish pride that motivated the
The Repressive Governments of Zamiatin\'s We and Orwell\'s 1984 The Repressive Governments of Zamiatin\'s We and Orwell\'s 1984 Benjamin Bulloch Outline: Thesis: Both Zamiatin\'s We and Orwell\'s 1984 have governments that repress actions and thoughts through the use of physical and psychological force. I. Intro. II. We\'s Government\'s Use of Psychological Force A. Number system B. Sexual Registration III. 1984\'s Governments Use of Psychological Force A. Newspeak B. Doublethink IV. Both Gover