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"As You Like It" / Character Analysis of Rosalind : This 5 page paper discusses the characterization of Rosalind in Shakespeare’s comedy. The writer argues that Rosalind is essentially "the star" of the play. She is, in many ways, centuries ahead of her time; she’s bright, innovative, mischievous, and possesses great inner strength, etc; No additional sources used. Likeit.wps

"As You Like It" / More Than A Pastoral : A 6 page paper discussing Shakespeare’s play in the context of the Elizabethan pastoral tradition. The writer concludes that "As You Like It" is very much a pastoral play, yet it adds a significant amount of psychological depth not present in most pastorals. Bibliography lists 8 sources; in addition, the paper includes a FREE 1 page sentence outline, and an annotated bibliography listing 9 cited sources. Pastoral.wps

"As You Like It" / Shakespeare's Play vs. Modern Romantic Comedy : A 4 page paper comparing the heroines of Shakespeare’s "As You Like It" and the 1996 movie "While You Were Sleeping." The writer is particularly concerned with characterization, theme, and plot structure-- looking for similarities and difference between the Romantic comedies of today and yesterday. No additional sources cited. Likeit2.wps

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HAMLET

Comic Relief in Hamlet : A 6 page paper in which the writer identifies several comic scenes in Hamlet, demonstrates how Shakespeare was able to weave humor into this very heavy play, and discusses what this interplay of humor and melancholy says about Shakespeare’s own philosophy. No additional sources cited. Hamlet5.wps

Hamlet and the Dramatic Structure : A 9 page paper which first defines the classic dramatic structure and then demonstrates how Shakespeare’s Hamlet fits the pattern. After discussing what type of action belongs in each phase of the dramatic structure -- setup, complication, climax, and resolution -- the paper shows where each of these occurs in Hamlet. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Dramatic.wps

"To Be or Not to Be" / Hamlet's Most Revealing Soliloquy : A 4 page essay on the famous speech and its relationship to Hamlet's actions throughout the play. The writer details the similarities to other sentiments expressed by Hamlet, the words and images themselves, and the character traits that Hamlet exhibits in this speech. No additional sources cited. Hamletso.wps

Hamlet & Ophelia / ‘I Never Loved Thee’ : A 4 page paper analyzing the strange conversation between Hamlet and Ophelia right after his famous soliloquy. It shows how he is no longer seeing Ophelia as the girl he courted but as a representative of the female sex -- of which his treacherous mother is also a part. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Hamthee.wps

"Where’s Polonius?" / Interpreting a Passage In Hamlet : A 5 page paper on the very short passage in Act IV, Scene III of Hamlet, in which Claudius asks Hamlet what he has done with Polonius’ body. It argues that Hamlet’s strange responses address not only the location of the body, but Claudius’ guilt for Hamlet’s father’s death. No additional sources cited. Polonius.wps

The Character of Claudius in "Hamlet" : A 6 page explication of Claudius' significance in the play. Writer discuss the evolution of his character throughout the story, etc; Bibliography cites 4 outside sources. Claudius.wps

The Character of Claudius in "Hamlet" : A 5 page argumentative paper comparing and contrasting the characters of Claudius and Hamlet with specific emphasis on each of their moral values. Bibliography cites 5 supporting sources. Claudiu2.wps

The Character of Ophelia in "Hamlet" : A 5 page essay on the role of Ophelia in "Hamlet." The writer explains how she is treated by other characters throughout the play and presents her as "the most innocent victim of Hamlet's revenge." Bibliography cites 5 supporting sources. Ophelia.wps

Ophelia’s Mental Changes in Hamlet : A well-developed 10 page paper tracing the mental changes Ophelia displays as she slowly goes mad during the course of the story. Bibliography lists 6 supporting/critical sources. FREE outline included with paper! Ophelia2.wps

The Character Of Gertrude (Queen) In Hamlet : A 4 page report analyzing Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude. Married incestuously to Hamlet’s uncle, who murdered his brother and then took his place both on the throne and in his bed, Gertrude’s attitude toward Hamlet’s accusations was along the lines of, "What have I done?" Operating in total mental oblivion for most, if not all, her adult life, Hamlet forces her to face reality as it is, rather than how she has chosen to see it. No additional sources cited. Gertrude.wps

The Character Of Gertrude (Queen) In Hamlet # 2 : This 4 page analysis explores this important character's psychological makeup, motivations and relationships as she is portrayed in the Shakespearian tragedy. Gertrud2.wps

The Character Of Gertrude (Queen) In Hamlet # 3 : A 4 page essay that posits Gertrude, Queen of Denmark, has a goal for happiness and lives in denial of anything that interferes with that goal. Despite the fact, that she has a notion that her first husband's death and her hasty marriage to his brother is the reason for Hamlet's madness, she continues to believe she has done nothing wrong. Her denial of reality leads to her own death. Gertru3.wps

The Character of Hamlet : A good 5 page analysis of character in which the writer posits that Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a character of tragedian proportions, wanted to die, but could not do so simply because he was put in the role of an avenger. Several direct quotes and plenty of analytical insight provided. No Bibliography. Hamlecha.wps

Shakespeare’s Characterization of Hamlet : A 10 page paper discussing why, although Shakespeare borrowed the basic plot line from older sources, Shakespeare’s play is truly innovative. The paper puts forth the argument that Hamlet is too finely bred for the circumstances in which he finds himself and the role of avenger that his culture requires him to play, so he keeps trying out other roles, none of which are really him. Bibliography lists seven cited sources. FREE outline included ! Hamletc.wps

The Character Development of Hamlet : A 9 page paper arguing that the reason we have so much difficulty analyzing the character of Hamlet is that the actors portraying him are too old. Hamlet, this paper suggests, is an adolescent trying to find himself, and seen in this light many of his peculiarities make sense. Bibliography lists 5 additional sources. Hamlet9.wps

Identity / The Cosmic Question in Hamlet : A 5 page paper on Hamlet’s search for identity in Shakespeare’s play. It shows that this search, which people are forced to undertake at adolescence and repeat over and over throughout their lives, becomes for them the ultimate cosmic question. No additional sources. Hamlet8.wps

Revenge & The Character Of Hamlet: A 5 page paper analyzing why it takes Hamlet so long to avenge his father’s death; it also considers the ethical nature of this vendetta as seen through the lens of Hamlet’s own society. The paper concludes that Hamlet was suffering from a profound emotional depression, and thus had great difficulty convincing himself to act; thus, the most unethical aspect of the revenge request was asking Hamlet to do it at all. Bibliography lists four sources. Hamrev.wps

Why Hamlet Took So Long To Slay Claudius : A 4 page paper discussing the delay factors in Hamlet's revenge. The writer examines reasons why Hamlet took so long to exact the revenge against his uncle called for in the first scene of Act I. It is argued that Hamlet is unsuited for the task, and moreover, that his obsession with plays and acting shows him to have a somewhat ungrounded sense of reality. No additional sources. Hamletde.wps

Hamlet & Ophelia / Was Madness Real Or Feigned ? : A 12 page paper which compares how madness is depicted in Shakespeare's Hamlet -- a calculated gesture on the part of Hamlet who seeks to avenge his father's death as opposed to Ophelia's real madness as a result of her many tragedies. Bibliography lists 8+ sources. Hamoph.wps

Hamlet's Madness : A 6 page essay on Hamlet's madness describing how his spirit undergoes a tragic development from the self - destructive negation of life and of heaven's purposes to a new affirmation of the advantageous sanctity of life. No Bibliography. Hamletma.wps

Hamlet as a Tragic Hero : 9 pages worth of research and analysis illustrating Hamlet as a tragic hero. Includes introductory section describing much earlier sources of Shakespeare's play and some possible sources from which he might have taken his idea. Free outline included. Bibliography lists 9 sources. Hamletbi.wps

Is Hamlet A Definitive Tragedy? : A 4 page paper on Shakespeare’s very complex play. Looking specifically at the play’s resolution and the characterization of Hamlet, the paper analyzes this play in terms of the rules of classical tragedy put forth in Aristotle’s Poetics. It argues that while Hamlet is unquestionably a tragedy from our point of view, it does not in several important respects conform to Aristotle’s formula. Bibliography lists 2 additional sources. Ham11.wps

The Agonies Of Hamlet : A 7 page paper discussing Hamlet's personal response to the agonies of morality and over-analysis he suffers as he contemplates the murder of Claudius. No additional sources cited. Agony~1.wps

Hamlet / Appearance and Illusion Vs. Reality : An 11 page paper describing the decrepancies between appearance or illusion vs. reality in Shakespeare's play "Hamlet." The writer attempts to show the conflict that develops as the title character attempts to relate his own ideas about reality with the illusions of reality that appear throughout the play. Bibliography lists 15 sources. Hamletil.wps

Themes in "Hamlet" : A 3 page discussion of the theme of reality vs. illusion as it appears in Shakespeare's infamous "Hamlet." No Bibliography. Hamlet.wps

Hamlet's Timelessness: A 5 page discussion of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and how its themes remain timeless. Using a number of quotes from the play itself ,the writer shows us how the events that take place in Hamlet are really no different than those we love to watch in our own contemporary theater (and other media). It is therefore posited that today's audiences have every reason to be just as intrigued by the play as those who watched it during Shakespeare's own era. No Bibliography. Hamlet2.wps

Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" Film Vs. Film : This 8 page paper analyzes two cinematic versions of William Shakepeare's masterpiece, "Hamlet," the 1948 film starring and directed by Laurence Olivier and the 1990 Franco Zeffirelli version which starred Mel Gibson, offering comparisons and contrasts of both films. Hamfilm.wps

Hamlet / The Film : A 2 page essay on this movie starring Mel Gibson. The writer gives a personal response and feeling for the film. Hamlet4.wps

Performing Arts Review / "Hamlet" : A 4 page paper that provides an overview of the performance of Hamlet and considers the elements of plot development, staging, and character development as they serve to support the progression of the action as a whole. Hamlet10.wps

Melville’s "Moby Dick" vs. Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" : A 6 page paper in which the writer argues that through mad antics toward ‘the revenge plot,’ both Ahab and Hamlet serve to bring the action in the two tragedies to their inevitable conclusions. In all aspects the characters’ motivations are different. Ahab’s madness is more focused and not within Ahab’s control--he is unable to see beyond it. Hamlet’s madness is feigned. The characters’ decision-making abilities are also in contrast to each other, and their view of God, the Devil and responsibility to same also come from a divergent slant on the moralistic ideals behind their given situations. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Mobyham.wps

The Tragic Flaws Of Hamlet And Oedipus : A 5 page paper on these two classic plays by Shakespeare and Sophocles. This paper analyzes both plays to determine what makes them tragedies, what their heroes have in common, how they are different, and the dynamics that make each play work. Shaksoph.wps

Tom Stoppard’s "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" : A 6 page essay exploring how the play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead reflects specific aspects of life: 1. humans as social animals and 2. how the individual finds his or her place in society. The confusions and feelings of what am I doing here and why am I doing it are emphasized. Rosencra.wps *Play is based on Shakespearean characters from Hamlet...

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KING LEAR

The Nature of Love in King Lear : A 10 page research paper concerning conditional and unconditional love as shown by the characters in Shakespeare's play. The writer argues a relevant thesis and details the nature of types of love and how each character exemplifies it, with emphasis upon Lear and Cordelia. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Kinglea.2.wps

Earthly vs. Divine Justice In King Lear : A 6 page paper contrasting the varying ways justice is defined in this epic work by Shakespeare. The paper concludes that "earthly justice" is dispensed according to subjective human affections and can thus be either merciful or cruel, while "divine justice", or the forcible return of events to the way they were originally ordained to be, is completely objective but not always what humans would call "fair."Bibliography lists four sources. Kingdv.wps

King Lear and Cordelia : A 5 page essay exploring the irony of Cordelia's continued love and loyalty for and to her father, King Lear, despite his mistreatment of her. The irony is seen in the fact that when Lear finally realizes and can admit his mistake to Cordelia, it is too late. His curse of her has been acted upon. This writer supports the opinion that the Fool is actually Cordelia in disguise and cites text that suggest this is, in fact, true. No additional sources cited. Cordel.wps

King Lear / Always A Positive Outcome : A 5 page paper discussing the view that no matter how much adversity Lear faced, there was always a way for him to rectify things, that he was always in control and each decision would ultimately reap a positive end. Argument uses only Shakespeare's play. No additional sources cited. Klear.wps

King Lear / Was He Truly Mad ? : A 7 page paper discussing whether the protagonist of Shakespeare’s play was really mad. The paper concludes that at the beginning of the play he was only mildly senile, but was gradually driven mad over the course of five acts from shock, humiliation, and grief. No additional sources cited. Madlear.wps

King Lear / Appearance Vs. Reality : A strong, 6 pages analysis of how King Lear is a study in duality. The theme of appearance versus reality is a reoccurring one throughout the play and as the writer demonstrates, nothing is as it seems. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Learapp.wps

King Lear & The Question Of Man : This 4 page paper examines the William Shakespeare play, King Lear in terms of how it inherently attempts to answer the question, "What is man?" Learman.wps

King Lear’s Britain / A World Ruled by Evil ? : A 10 page paper analyzing the twin plots and three character groupings in Shakespeare’s play. The paper shows that each of Lear’s characters has some goodness (or at least a readily-understood motivation for his misdeeds), and that it takes mitigating circumstances to bring out his or her wicked behavior. Thus, King Lear’s Britain is not truly a world ruled by evil; it was Lear’s sin in the beginning that sparks the later evil in the play. Bibliography lists 6 additional sources. Learbrit.wps

King Lear / Analysis Of Double Plot : A 5 page paper analyzing the twin plots of Shakespeare’s play -- that of the dispossession of Lear by his two evil daughters, and the usurpation of Gloucester’s lands and power by his illegitimate son. The paper shows that the moral of both stories is the same: that we do not always judge our children according to their merits, but rather by the show they put on -- and when we misjudge those closest to us in this way, disaster cannot help but result. No additional sources cited. Lear2.wps

The Fool in King Lear : A 5 page paper about the character of the Fool in King Lear. The writer describes why the Fool acts as the only character with wisdom and insight, and the dramatic effect that this serves. No additional sources cited. Kinglea.wps

Motif of Disguise in "King Lear" : A 5 page paper on disguises and deception in Shakespeare's play. The writer details the use of both physical and emotional disguises by the characters, and how this works to advance the plot and also to describe characters. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Learmask.wps

The Significance of Taking a Breath in King Lear : 6 pages in length. An analytical look at the specific importance of taking a breath in Shakespeare's "King Lear." Using several instances from the play -- as well as quotes from others -- the writer highlights Shakespeare's purposeful use of this otherwise common human activity. Bibliography lists 4 supporting sources. Kinglear.wps

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MACBETH

"MacBeth" / General Analysis : A 4 page paper that provides an overview of the major themes in one of Shakespeare's most famous plays. This paper contends that the play is effective because it demonstrates support for the themes of prophecy, heresy, guilt and temptation as significant elements in tragedy. No additional sources cited. Macb.wps

(The) Supernatural in Macbeth : A 9 page examination of superstition and the supernatural as used by Shakespeare in Macbeth. Thesis is argued by focusing specifically upon the play's infamous Cauldron Scene and other key events. Writer is very analytical and uses several quotes to support ideas. Bibliography cites 9 sources. Macbeth.wps

Macbeth / Themes Of Good vs. Evil : A 6 page paper exploring the transformation of Macbeth from a brave, noble man who is loyal to his king to one who kills his king and best friend. He continually suffers anguish for his deeds. Macbeth is seen regarded as a "good man"-- but in danger of falling into the temptations of evil, as are all humans. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Macbeth3.wps

Why Does Macbeth Kill ? : A 6 page character analysis in which the writer attempts to answer this very question. Examined are Macbeth's perception of himself as a "good man," Macbeth's conscience, and some of the outside forces that adversely affect him. No Bibliography. Macbeth2.wps

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OTHELLO

The Character of Iago in Shakespeare's "Othello" : 6 pages in length. Specifically titled : "A.C. Bradley Vs. S.T. Coleridge : A Difference of Opinions Concerning the Character of Iago in Shakespeare's "Othello."" The writer of this essay analytically compares the opinions of two well-known critics on Iago's character. The two sources utilized are fully-cited in bibliography. Iagocha2.wps

The Character of Iago # 2 : A 3 page outline in which the writer analytically examines the character of Iago as a mystifying and complex individual. Written mostly in outline format. No Bibliography. Iagochar.wps

Othello and the Structure of Tragedy : A 6 page paper which first defines tragedy and demonstrates how Shakespeare’s Othello fits the pattern, then looks at the play in terms of its classic dramatic structure. After discussing what type of action belongs in each phase of the dramatic structure -- setup, complication, climax, and resolution -- the paper shows where these occur in Othello. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Othtrag.wps

Othello / In The Tradition Of The Renaissance : A 3 page essay on the play "Othello" and how it related both to Shakespeare himself and to the Renaissance period. Examples of themes introduced in the story are used to illustrate how Othello was both a hero and outsider... different, yet acceptable, -- and thus, an exemplary figure from Renaissance literature. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Othshake.wps

Othello & Renaissance Humanism : A 3 page essay, -- using quotes from the original play-- which describes Shakespeare's "Othello" as a work typical of the Renaissance's emphasis on humanism. The writer discusses the development of Othello's character and the underlying themes of outsider prejudice which run throughout the story. No Bibliography. Othelren.wps

In Defense of Othello : A 7 page report that analyzes the nature of Othello, the main character in Shakespeare's famous tragedy of the same name. The rationale behind Othello's brutal murder of his wife, Desdemona, is examined from the psychological and sociological perspectives. Bibliography lists 7 cited sources. Othellod.wps

Othello / In Defense Of His Character : A 9 page essay in which the writer takes the position that Othello was an honest, noble, brave man accustomed to straightforwardness. Given his background, he was easily fooled by the manipulative Iago. His innocence of the world is to be respected rather than criticized. Othello had no way of knowing about women and domestic life ... Bibliography is included. Othello4.wps

Shakespeare’s Life and the Characterization of Othello : A 6 page paper examining Shakespeare’s life and career and discussing how his life events impacted his writing. It also looks in particular at one of Shakespeare’s mature tragedies, Othello, and determines how the characterizations introduced in the first act drive the remainder of the play. The original Shakespearean play and Orson Welles’ film version are cited. Othel.wps

Othello As An Honest, Admirable, and Unchanged Character : A 1 page essay discussing how Othello's last words in the play indicate the he was indeed the same man he had been at the beginning of the story -- his character unchanged. The writer sees Othello as a character worthy of our sympathy-- for he acknowledges his own mistakes & flaws as he takes his own life, yet he never asks for forgiveness. No Bibliography. Othell2.wps *$9.95 TOTAL PRICE FOR THIS ESSAY !*

Othello / Short Essay Answers : 7 pages worth of short answer responses to questions on Shakespeare's "Othello" including character discussions of Dedemona, Othello, and Iago. Insightful observations are made. No Bibliography. Literexm.wps *E-mail us for More Information!

Othello / The Shakespearean Original vs. Today’s Movie Versions : An 8 page paper that reflects a comparison of the characters of Iago, Othello and Desdemona in the movie adaptations of Othello, including those by Parker, Suzman and Welles. Othellos.wps

Othello's Iago vs. King Lear's Edmund : A well-written 3 page essay in which the writer compares Iago and Edmund as two villainous characters-- neither of them at all admirable. Parallels are drawn between the two and sufficient evidence is given to support the thesis that we should not sympathize with either one of them. No Bibliography. Iagoking.wps

Othello Compared With Antigone : 6 pages in length. A comparison between Shakespeare's "Othello" and Sophocles "Oedipus Trilogy" in which the writer interprets themes from both stories and finds reason to assert that Othello and Antigone were both very much alike in that they were essentially outsiders, -- alienated from a group. Both characters endured grave emotional drama and sought only truth & justice -- but to no avail. No Bibliography. Othlantg.wps

Desdemona (Othello) Vs. Penelope (The Odyssey) : A 3 page essay comparing the character of Desdemona in Shakespeare's Othello with Penelope in Homer's Odyssey. Desdemona is regarded as being more of a simple person-- madly in love and fairly ignorant to the world around her. Penelope, however, was able to become a strong and triumphant woman..exhibiting more savvy and self-will. No Bibliography. Penelope.wps

Women as Depicted by Shakespeare vs. Homer : A thoughtful 3 page comparison between the characters of Desdemona (Shakespeare's "Othello") and Penelope (Homer's "Odyssey"). Both women are viewed as brave, determined, and loyal -- exemplifying the age-old concept of love in both stories --*A bit different than Penelope.wps (above). No Bibliography. Othkim.wps

Othello vs. Oedipus / An Uncertain Vision : A 5 page paper discussing a common theme in literature -- our very human difficulty in distinguishing between what seems to be and what actually is. This theme is discussed in terms of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Shakespeare’s Othello. No additional sources cited. Othoed.wps

Machiavelli's "The Prince" vs. Shakespeare's "Othello" : 7 pages in length. A comparative analysis between Machievelli's "The Prince" and Shakespeare's "Othello" in which the writer examines each work in light of their respective eras and sociocultural issues. It is concluded that in "Othello," the author seems to cry out for a different kind of sovereignty than in "The Prince." Bibliography lists 3 sources. Prinothe.wps

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Romeo & Juliet / How Their Parents [Unknowingly] Strengthened Their Love : A well-conceived 4 page essay on the role of Romeo & Juliet's parents. The writer argues convincingly that their parent's hatred for each other's families actually strengthened the young couple's love and ultimately drove them to their death. The more intense their secret affair grew, the stronger their love grew with it. Suicide was finally the only way for Romeo and Juliet to become victorious over their parents and enable their love to "triumph." Bibliography lists 5 critical sources. Romeojul.wps

Shakespeare's Use of Imagery In Romeo & Juliet / Love and Death : An 8 page paper describing the way Shakespeare’s use of imagery supports the tragic elements in the story and in fact makes the ending easier to accept because the audience (reader) perceives it as inevitable. Bibliography lists 6 additional critical sources --cited. Romeolov.wps

The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet : A 5 page paper analyzing the character of the Nurse in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It shows how she reveals their tragedies through both her offhand but oddly prophetic remarks and her earthy pragmatism. Nurse.wps

Shakespeare & the Effectiveness of Death / Juliet vs. Cleopatra : This insightful and analytical 8 page paper compares the deaths of two of Shakespearean characters : Juliet (Romeo & Juliet) and Cleopatra (Antony & Cleopatra). The thesis is argued that while their two stories did indeed have many similarities, Juliet's death was a much more effective one from a literary standpoint as Cleopatra's death was not as striking nor as saddening. Numerous examples from each story are provided to support this point. Bibliography lists 6 critical sources. Julicleo.wps

Romeo & Juliet Films / 1968 vs. 1996 : A 6 page comparison of Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 film production of Romeo and Juliet with the 1996 version directed and produced by Baz Luhrmann. It concludes that Luhrmann’s version, despite its faithful Shakespearean dialogue, is so far removed from Shakespeare’s own world-view that it can hardly be called an interpretation of the play at all. No additional sources cited. Romeo.wps

Romeo & Juliet / Modern Film vs. Traditional Story : A 5 page critique of Baz Luhrmann's remake of Shakespeare's classic love story. Discusses the impact of bringing Romeo and Juliet into the [almost] 21st century and how it changes the characters, as well as the art Luhrmann brings to the movie within it's time journey. Analyzes the applicability of the theme to young people in modern times and the lessons to be learned. No additional sources cited. Romjul.doc

Romeo Updated / Nihilism in Verona : A 5 page paper comparing of William Shakespeare’s original play Romeo and Juliet with the 1996 version directed and produced by Baz Luhrmann. This paper compares the film and the play to determine whether the film reflects an updated version of Shakespeare’s original theme, or something else altogether. It concludes that Baz Luhrmann’s world view is nihilistic, pessimistic and depressing, completely foreign to anything Shakespeare intended. Bibliography lists six sources. Romjul.wps

Problems in Anthony & Cleopatra : An 8 page critique of Shakespeare's "Anthony & Cleopatra." The writer posits that many conceptual problems run throughout the play and that "Shakespeare's thematic message is never made clear in the end to its poorly constructed action." Bibliography lists 16 sources. Anthony.wps

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THE TEMPEST

The Tempest / Character Analysis Of Prospero : This 6 page paper discusses the character of Prospero in William Shakespeare's last completed play, "The Tempest" (first published in 1623) to determine whether or not he is based on The Bard himself. Prospero.wps

The Tempest / Treatment Of Ariel And Caliban By Prospero : A 5 page argumentative essay on the treatment of Prospero’s two servants. The paper posits that he treats the two slaves in a similar fashion, but from two different perspectives, and that the initiation of this storyline is a silkscreen for the end of the story and epilogue. The writer proves that this was Shakespeare’s way of characterizing the friends and foes of a master of art. No additional sources cited. Tempros.wps

The Tempest / Character Analysis Of Miranda : This 5 page paper evaluates the character of Miranda and the purpose she serves in William Shakespeare's last completed play, "The Tempest." Tempest.wps*

The Tempest / Analysis Of Plot Structure : This 5 page paper examines William Shakespeare's last completed play, "The Tempest," and focuses upon its three-plot structure of betrayal, love and forgiveness and how the plots are ultimately intertwined. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Lovebet.wps

The Tempest and The Magic of the Theater : In this 6 page paper, the writer examines various renditions of Shakespeare’s play on stage and in the theater-- focusing upon the original story itself-- and some of the "magic" that a good production must bring to life. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Tempes.wps

The Tempest and Racism in its Staging : A 6 page research paper in which the writer examines Shakespeare’s play, looking at the various instances of racism that inherently exist in its casting. A number of good examples are given and some mention is made of other productions of The Tempest -- and how modern directors have attempted to "go around" this element of racism. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Tempes2.wps

John Fowles "The Collector" vs. "The Tempest": A 7 page paper comparing John Fowles’ novel with Shakespeare’s play. It concludes that while Shakespeare saw Prospero’s reign as one of benevolence and Fowles saw Clegg’s as a reign of terror, both involved manipulating people against their will. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Tempest.wps

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SONNETS

Shakespeare's Sonnet # 73 : An 8 page research paper on Shakespeare's Sonnet 73. The writer describes and analyzes the meaning of the sonnet, details the poetic elements in the sonnet, and discusses the general effect of the sonnet to the reader. Sonnet73.wps

Shakespeare’s Sonnet # 116 / Analysis Of Meaning : A 3 page essay exploring the meaning of Shakespeare's Sonnet #116. Through the use of metaphors, Shakespeare shares his conviction that love weathers all storms. 116.wps

Shakespeare's Sonnet #138 : A 4 page explication on this infamous author's work. Clearly suggesting an aging love relationship between a man and a woman, this sonnet is replete with symbolism. Sonne138.wps

"My Mistress' Eyes" & "Let Me Not To the Marriage of True Minds..." : 3 pages worth of notes and discussion on two of Shakespeare's sonnets bearing these titles. The writer focuses upon theme, symbolism, verse, tone, and more. No additional sources cited. Poeshak2.wps

"Shall I Compare Thee to A Summer's Day ? : A 2 paragraph essay explaining meaning and allusions in this well-known Shakespearean sonnet. No Bibliography. Poemshak.wps *TOTAL PRICE FOR THIS ESSAY ONLY $ 9.95 !

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OTHER WORKS & ESSAYS

Shakespeare’s "Julius Caesar" / Characterization : A 5 page analytical examination of characterization in this play. Julius Caesar is unique because the characterizations Shakespeare produces are almost subjugated to the notion of politics, the state, and the relationship between man and society. Bibliography cited approximately 5 additional sources. Julius.wps

The Character of Falstaff : 4 pages analyzing Shakespeare's use of the infamous character 'Falstaff'- specific emphasis on his role in Henry V. No Bibliography. Falstaff.wps

"Love's Labours Lost" / Character Of Berowne : A 6 page research paper analyzing the character of Berowne, one of three Lords who agree with King Ferdinand to create a little "academe." They vow to accomplish this moral and intellectual development. Berowne is the only one reluctant to sign the agreement and the writer examines his rationale. Bibliography cites two sources. Lovelabo.wps

Much Ado About Nothing : A 9 page examination of plot, theme, structure, & meaning in "Much Ado About Nothing." The writer finds that although Much Ado is not as popular as some of Shakespeare's other plays, it excels in wit and in the author's renowned use of colloquial prose. Bibliography lists 7 critical sources. Muchado.wps

Taming Of The Shrew : 7 pages worth of analysis on various issues in Taming of The Shrew. Shakespeare's use of the relationships between actors as a commentary on the social relationships represented in the self-contained world of the play is discussed as are Kate's qualities which make her a "shrew." Several quotes are used to support points. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Taming.wps

Shakespeare’s Women / Taming vs. Much Ado : A 10 page paper on the women characters in Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing. The writer examines the traditional and non-traditional women's roles as they are portrayed by Bianca and Hero, and Katherine and Beatrice, respectively. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Shakswmn.wps

Shakespeare’s "King John" / A Failed Experiment : A 6 page paper on the difficulties presented by Shakespeare’s play King John. The play argues that King John is simply not a good play, and that its many deficiencies make it difficult to critique, stage, perform, and enjoy. Bibliography lists three cited sources. Kingjohn.wps

Richard II / A Comprehensive, Analytical Discussion : A 9 page paper on Shakespeare's "Richard II" in which the writer discusses plot, theme, and characterization in considerable detail. It is ultimately argued that this play makes us aware of the problems of its society and in doing so, the author strays from the typical writing of his own day while remaining in tune with his own usual style, subject, and theme. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Richard2.wps

Richard II / Character of Henry BolinGbroke : A 5 page paper characterizing Henry IV in Shakespeare's play, "Richard II". Shows Henry's rite of passage in his determination to right the wrongs perpetrated by Richard II in stealing Henry's family land and fortune, as well as his determination to rid England of a despotic king. Three additional sources cited. Henrite.wps

Love in Richard III : A 5 page paper that considers Richard's perceptions of love as they relate to the common theme of love in Shakespeare's work. This paper reflects on perceptions developed from reading the play as well as from the character presented by Ian McClellen in his 20th century film version. Bibliography with 1 source. RichIII.wps

Laurence Olivier’s Richard III : A 6 page paper on Laurence Olivier’s film production of Shakespeare’s history play. The paper looks at the way Olivier interpreted the character of Richard through five soliloquies delivered in the film, and determines whether these long looks into the contents of Richard’s soul make him a sympathetic character. No additional sources cited. Rich3.wps

The Concept of Evil in Ian McKellan’s Richard III : A 6 page paper discussing filmmaker Ian McKellan’s version of Shakespeare’s history play. It concludes that evil is not a state of being; it is an active verb, and evil remains evil regardless of its causes. An added section provides some history of the Globe and Blackfriar’s theaters. No additional sources cited. Richevil.wps McClellan

Henry IV - Rite of Passage : A 5 page analysis of Henry IV and his son Hal and their passage from tyrant and inconsideration to making amends with God, each other and Hal's subjects. One additional source cited. Henrrite.wps

"The Prodigal Hal" / Re-Writing Henry IV for the 1960’s : An 8 page paper examining the possibilities inherent in setting Henry IV, Part I in the 1960s instead of in the Elizabethan era. The paper examines settings, costuming, lighting, and music, and whether or not it would be advisable to update the dialogue at all. No additional sources cited. Henry.wps

The Tragedy Of Cymbeline / A Character Study Of Imogen : This 2 page essay provide a character analysis of Imogen -- one of Shakespeare’s strongest female characters -- by analyzing three specific passages from the play. Imogen.rtf

The Page Comes to Life / Shakespeare Observed : A 5 page paper on the recent book by Samuel Crowl. It shows how Samuel Crowl focuses on the performance of Shakespeare as opposed to the solitary explication of it, and shows how very different these two modes of writing are, and what different demands they make on both the writer and his "audience". No additional sources cited. Crowl.wps

Writers Who Influenced Shakespeare : A 4 page paper that considers the major works that influenced the writings of Shakespeare. The writer demonstrates that while there is little documented evidence of influences, there are considerable textual similarities between Shakespeare's plays and the writings of Marlowe, Chaucer, Virgil and Seneca, as well as many influences noted from the Bible. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Shake1.wps

Works of Shakespeare / The Importance of Reviewing Critical Literature : In this 5 page essay, the writer recounts how remarkably important critical sources (i.e., books, articles, etc;) were in helping them to understand various plays of Shakespeare and truly appreciate them. The writer presents what they "got" from plays like Macbeth, Othello, & King Lear on their own, and then to what subtle points other authors helped them open their eyes. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Shakelit.wps

Shakespeare's Treatment Of Women In His Political Plays : In this extremely well-written 8 page essay, the writer is concerned with how, in Richard III, women are given great clout,-- yet are disempowered at the same time. The phenomenon of Shakespeare's treatment of women is then compared with such in other plays (i.e., Henry IV - VII). It is concluded that Richard III is distinct in that the power Shakespeare takes from women is not only the power to curse and seduce; it is also the power to transcend the frame of historical representation, the ability to address the audience directly without the knowledge of the other characters, etc; Bibliography lists 12 sources. Shakewom.wps

Midsummer Night’s Dream / Shakespeare’s Influence on Artists and Audiences : A 6 page discussion of the importance of interpreting Midsummer Night’s Dream to artists and audiences, whether as observers or readers. Rather than looking at a priori interpretations (although these are presented), the most important facet of interpreting this play is that the interpretation itself speaks to the audience for the specifics of teaching value in school and other life events. Not only is this view supported by contemporary evidence, but also by Shakespeare himself in the play through the words of Quince. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Midsum.wps

Social Class In Midsummer Night’s Dream vs. Julius Caesar : This 8 page paper analyzes the depiction of the lower social class in Shakespeare's plays by examining the roles of the 'rude mechanicals' in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and the plebeians in "Julius Caesar." Rudepleb.wps

Twelfth Night : A two page essay on effect and characterization in Shakespeare's "Twelfth night." No bibliography. 12thtrik.wps

Twelfth Night / Theme Of Love : A 3 page essay on the theme of love in Twelfth Night and how it is not particularly selective of gender. The writer argues that the play is Shakespeare's attempt to show us "what we are versus what we think we are." Specific examples relevant to Orsino, Olivia, and Viola, are used to illustrate points made. No other sources cited. Twellove.wps

Twelfth Night -- Live, On Stage ! : 2 page recounting of a college theatrical performance of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." Discussed are the actors' abitlies, stage direction, and of course,-- how this particular production may have differed from the original. No Bibliography. Twelfth.wps

Twelfth Night, As Directed by Kenneth Branagh : A 5 page paper that considers the important love relationships that develop between the characters of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, directed by Kenneth Branagh, and the comedic conflict that occurs as a result. Also considered is the role of Feste, and his importance in directing the concept of love. Shake2.wps

The Roots of Capitalism in Shakespeare and Mandeville : A 9 page paper discussing The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare and The Fable of the Bees by Bernard de Mandeville. The paper shows how the development of capitalism has had roots in distinctly non-capitalist values. No sources except books. Venice.wps

Appearance Versus Reality In Thoreau, Coetzee, and Shakespeare : A 5 page paper discussing the fact that it is the lens of society that distorts reality, thus making the perception of truth more difficult. The paper concludes that the individual is most himself when he is apart from the roles into which society has bound him. Bibliography lists three sources used to argue these points : Thoreau’s Walden, Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians, and Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. Thoreau.wps

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SELECTED COMPARISONS

Love as Disguise and Revelation in Shakespeare’s Comedies : A 10 page paper looking at three of Shakespeare’s comedies -- As You Like It, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Twelfth Night -- and the motifs of disguise, transformation, and revelation in each. It concludes that the disguised state is a learning stage, and in order to return life to its proper place, this stage must be transcended, and the characters must learn from it and go on with their lives in a more conventional way. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Lovesha.wps

Loss And Restoration In The Plays Of Shakespeare : This 5 page paper analyzes how William Shakespeare convicts loss and restoration in his plays. Specific examples are provided from The Tempest, Midsummer Night’s Dream, & Macbeth. Midsumr.rtf

Three Plays, Three Directors : A 9 page paper that discusses three plays of William Shakespeare, "Twelfth Night" directed by Kenneth Branagh, "Othello" directed by Oliver Parker, and "Richard III" directed by Richard Loncraine. This paper focuses on the dramatic presentations of the theme of love in these three plays. Shake3.wps

Othello's Iago vs. King Lear's Edmund : A well-written 3 page essay in which the writer compares Iago and Edmund as two villainous characters-- neither of them at all admirable. Parallels are drawn between the two and sufficient evidence is given to support the thesis that we should not sympathize with either one of them. No Bibliography. Iagoking.wps

Shakespeare & the Effectiveness of Death / Juliet vs. Cleopatra : This insightful and analytical 8 page paper compares the deaths of two of Shakespearean characters : Juliet (Romeo & Juliet) and Cleopatra (Antony & Cleopatra). The thesis is argued that while their two stories did indeed have many similarities, Juliet's death was a much more effective one from a literary standpoint as Cleopatra's death was not as striking nor as saddening. Numerous examples from each story are provided to support this point. Bibliography lists 6 critical sources. Julicleo.wps

Sexuality In Othello, Hamlet, And Anthony & Cleopatra : A 12 page paper describing Shakespeare's use of sexuality in three of his plays. The writer explores the themes of incest, adultery, interracial love, and obsession. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Sexshake.wps

Shakespeare’s Proto-Feminism In "Antony and Cleopatra" and "Hamlet" : A 10 page paper discussing the character of Shakespeare’s women in these two plays. The paper specifically contrasts Cleopatra and Ophelia, and discusses whether the Bard was a proto-feminist. No additional sources cited. Cleo.wps

Shakespeare’s Women / Taming vs. Much Ado : A 10 page paper on the women characters in Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing. The writer examines the traditional and non-traditional women's roles as they are portrayed by Bianca and Hero, and Katherine and Beatrice, respectively. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Shakswmn.wps

Fathers In Shakespeare : This 7 page paper analyzes the behaviors the fathers in three specific plays: Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, and Macbeth. The attributes of the fathers caused the deaths of their children in two cases and significant heartache in the other. The three share some similarities in terms of their personalities and goals in life but they are also quite different from each other. The writer points out these differences and similarities with supporting text. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Shakdads.wps

Shakespeare’s Selfish Fathers : A 6 page paper showing the prevalence of the motif of the self-serving father in Shakespeare’s plays. It particularly examines Prospero from The Tempest, Lord Capulet from Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet’s two fathers from Hamlet. Bibliography lists one source. Tempest2.wps

Journeys in Three Shakespearean Plays : A 5 page paper on the topic of the journey as depicted in Hamlet, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet. The writer notes that in every case, the literal journey encompasses only a very tiny section of the play; but the hero’s departure and return at that precise point in the plot has great significance to the outcome of the story as a whole. Bibliography lists one source. Shakjou.wps

Comedy in "Antony and Cleopatra" vs. "All For Love" : A 5 page paper analyzing the use of the techniques and structures of comedy in these two works. The paper notes that because Shakespeare wrote in the Elizabethan era and Dryden during the Restoration, their differing sensibilities cause them to write a play that was natural and charming on the one hand and formal and sophisticated on the other. No additional sources listed. Antcleo.doc

"The Tempest" vs. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" : A 7 page paper comparing and contrasting elements of the two plays. Comparisons on difficulties staging due to exotic locales of the plays, imagery, good v. evil. Contrasts on allegorical references in The Tempest. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Tempdrea.wps

Love as Seen in Twelfth Night & Midsummer Night's Dream : A 4 page analytical look at Shakespeare's different depictions of love as seen in Twelfth Night and Midsummer Night's Dream. The writer argues that while Twelfth Night dealt with "courtly" -- or "romantic" love, Midsummer's Night Dream explored the very nature of love itself-- asking us how we can ever really know for sure when love is real. No Bibliography. Midsumer.wps

Shakespeare’s Ophelia and Mariana / The Power of Identity : A 6 page analysis of these two characters from "Hamlet" and "Measure for Measure". It notes that as similar as Ophelia and Mariana seem on the surface, however, their fates are very different. Ophelia has had every advantage in life -- nurturing, guidance, and love -- but Mariana is the one whose firm orientation to her goal will allow her to triumph. Bibliography lists four sources including the two plays. Mariana.wps

Hamlet & Measure For Measure / The Power of Identity : 5 pages in length-- Focuses on Shakespeare’s Ophelia (from Hamlet) and Mariana (from Measure For Measure). The writer notes that as similar as Ophelia and Mariana seem on the surface, however, their fates are very different. Ophelia has had every advantage in life -- nurturing, guidance, and love -- but Mariana is the one whose firm orientation to her goal will allow her to triumph. Bibliography lists four sources including the two plays. Ophiden.wps

"Measure For Measure" vs. "Much Ado About Nothing" : An 8 page paper comparing and contrasting these two plays by William Shakespeare. The writer examines the characters, plot, and atmosphere of each. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Measure.wps

Oedipus, The King & Henry IV : A 5 page paper comparing and contrasting the two plays which focuses on the relationship between fathers and sons and the forces of Good and Evil as instruments of either destruction or reward. No additional sources cited. Henoed.wps

Magic In Shakespeare & Goethe : A 5 page paper that details the passage of magic, dreams, and incantations in a Midsummer Nights Dream and Goethe’s Faust. The writer also examines how both works display these qualities and goes into significant plot analysis as well. Midg.wps

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