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Problems in Antony & Cleopatra : An 8 page critique of Shakespeare's "Antony & 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

Antony and Cleopatra / Examined : A 5 page essay about the Shakespeare play, Antony and Cleopatra. The writer explores the ways later writers rewrote the play to suit their times. Antony2.wps

Shakespeare’s "Antony and Cleopatra" / Opposition of Values : A 3 page paper looking at the dramatic oppositions presented in the contrast of Egypt with Rome, Cleopatra with Octavius, in Shakespeare’s play. The paper observes that in the play’s resolution, Shakespeare is able to meld Rome’s sense of order with Cleopatra’s passion. No additional sources cited. Oppval.wps

The Tragedy Of Antony And Cleopatra, Act 5, Scene 2 : In 3 pages, the author analyzes in detail the soliloquy of Cleopatra when she is speaking to Dolabella Act 5, Scene 2 of "The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra" by William Shakespeare. The importance of the lines in relation to the theme of the play, and the imagery are discussed. No additional sources cited. Tragant.wps

As You Like It

Shakespeare’s "As You Like It" / Marriage of Celia & Oliver : This 5 page paper considers the marriage of Celia to Oliver as a symbol of redemption and reunification and initiates the return of the family of Sir Rowland de Boys to favor in the Court of the Duke as the theme of marriage serves to reunify Duke Frederick and Duke Senior. This paper also considers the representation of marriage in general in the genre of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy and the impact for the outcome of the play. No additional sources cited. Celol.pws

"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

Shakespeare’s "As You Like It" / Lighting : A 5 page paper addressing stage lighting for a production of this classic Shakespearean play. The paper addresses both the technical and the theoretical aspects of stage lighting, and offers suggestions for the lighting of one particular scene. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Likeit.wps

Comedy Of Errors

"Comedy Of Errors" : A 17 page paper discussing the characters in Shakespeare’s "Comedy of Errors." The main focus is on the importance of the entering and the exiting of the many characters. In examining the play from this perspective it becomes obvious that some of the characters are there merely to provide a solid base for which the chaotic characters may rush around. Without this solid foundation the chaos would be undefinable, but with these characters the play makes more sense and is funnier, which is the whole intent of Shakespeare’s play. The chaotic entering and exiting is the meat of the story however, and without it there would not be a story. No additional sources cited. Errors.wps

Tragedy in "The Comedy of Errors" by William Shakespeare : In 5 pages the author discusses the element of tragedy in "The Comedy of Errors" by William Shakespeare. All is not as it seems in Ephesus. Are all of the townspeople mad or is there a reason for their confusion? This is a play about familial relationships and mistaken identity. The play is a farce on relationships and how confused people can get when all is not as it seems to be. Intertwined in all of the farcical elements of the play there is an underlying tragic element, although this play was written as a comedy. No additional sources cited. Pccoe.wps


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’s "To Be or Not to Be" / Lines Analyzed : This 5 page research paper examines the opening lines of Hamlet’s famous soliloquy, "To Be or Not to Be" to determine why those particular words are featured in Shakespeare’s play. Specifically discussed are what the impact of this phrase on the scenes which follow. Bibliography lists 1 source. Tobe.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 Staging of Hamlet / Act III, Scene IV : A 4 page paper exploring the scene where Hamlet kills Polonius from a theatrical/ staging perspective. It discusses the gestures, tone, costuming, groupings, movements, and exits and entrances to show how best to enhance the scene’s theme. No additional sources cited. Hamstage.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

Hamlet’s Revenge / Caught Between Action & Conscience : An 11 page paper showing that Hamlet was constitutionally unable to avenge his father’s death by killing his uncle, and suggesting that the necessity of having to do so ultimately destroyed him. Bibliography lists 9 sources. Actcons.wps

Why Did Hamlet Wait To Kill Claudius? : A 9 page paper analyzing Hamlet’s delay in killing his uncle in Shakespeare’s classic play. The paper argues persuasively that Hamlet was simply too sensitive for such a task, and his passion for play-acting (shown repeatedly throughout the play) created a buffer between himself and the task he had to do. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Hamdelay.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

The Motif of Hesitancy in Hamlet : A 5 page paper analyzing several instances in Shakespeare’s play where Hamlet hesitates too long before acting. The paper ties these into the larger theme of Hamlet’s delay in avenging his father’s death, and observes that procrastination is an ongoing flaw in Hamlet’s character. Bibliography lists 1 source. Hamhes.wps

The Tone And Purpose Of Humor In "Hamlet" : In 5 pages the author discusses the tone and purpose of humor in "Hamlet." When considering the tone and purpose of humor in the play "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" by William Shakespeare, the gravedigger's scene in which Hamlet addresses the skull of Yorick comes to mind. The entire scene was supposed to be a parody and Shakespeare used clowns as gravediggers to set the tone of this dark form of humor. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Tonepurp.wps

Hamlet & His Stepfather : A 5 page paper looking at the opposition between Hamlet and Claudius. The paper shows that Hamlet, despite his penchant for punning and his off-center personality, is almost always sincere; whereas Claudius, despite his poise and self-confidence, is almost always false. No additional sources cited. Hamclaud.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

The Question of Hamlet’s Madness : A 3 page paper discussing the possible reason Hamlet warns his friends in Act I not to be surprised at his "antic disposition". The paper suggests that Hamlet is not planning to feign madness; rather, he is afraid he is already going mad, and hopes that his friends’ silence will buy him desperately needed time to plan his father’s revenge. Bibliography lists 1 source. Hammad.wps

Is Hamlet Mad? : A 5 page paper looking at the question of Hamlet’s sanity in Shakespeare’s play. The paper argues that Hamlet was not mad, but seemed so on the basis of his behavior because he was unable to articulate his dilemma to anyone else. No additional sources cited. Madham.wps

Hamlet & The Ghost of His Father / Hearing is Believing : The appearance of the ghost of Hamlet’s father and importance of his revelation are echoed through out the play by Shakespeare’s use of the words "hear" and "ear" as well as other symbolism about conversation, revelations and oration. This 9 page paper provides an overview of the basic segments of Hamlet that demonstrate the use of words related to the sense of hearing, and demonstrates the implications for the truth that Hamlet defines and his course of action represented by his seeming madness. No additional sources cited. Hamhear2.wps

Elizabethan Superstition And "Hamlet's" Ghosts : 5 pages in length. The connection between Elizabethan ghostly superstitions and the fact that Shakespeare's Hamlet is replete with their presence is no coincidence. The writer discusses that while there is much discussion and disagreement throughout the play as to whether or not the ghosts actually exist, there is no doubt that they endured partly as legitimate apparitions who plagued the well-being of every man's soul, as well as being nothing more than one's over active imagination. Bibliography lists 6 sources. TLCghost.wps

Hamlet / Hearing Is Believing : The appearance of the ghost of Hamlet’s father and importance of his revelation are echoed through out the play by Shakespeare’s use of the words "hear" and "ear" as well as other symbolism about conversation, revelations and oration. This 5 page paper provides an overview of the basic segments of Hamlet that demonstrate the use of words related to the sense of hearing, and demonstrates the implications for the truth that Hamlet defines and his course of action represented by his seeming madness. No additional sources cited. Hamhear.wps

Shakespeare’s Hamlet / Tragic Elements Analyzed : A 5 page paper which examines William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet to determine whether or not it possesses elements which qualify it as a tragedy (according to the classical Greek definition of Aristotle), and apply them as they would relate to the modern world. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Tragham.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

Is Hamlet a Misogynist? : This 10 page paper explores the possibility that the character of Hamlet, is a misogynist but concludes that he is not. Misogynist overtones as contained in the society are noted and compared and contrasted with misogyny today.The "nunnery" scene is highlighted. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Hamiso.wps

Shakespeare’s ‘Renaissance Gentleman’: A 4 page paper which provides the student with an imaginative reenactment of William Shakespeare’s commentary on how he expressed humanism in his quintessential Renaissance man, Prince Hamlet of Denmark. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Renshake.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

Imagery In Hamlet : A 6 page paper that provides an overview of the most significant imagery in Shakespeare’s "Hamlet," including a look at the importance of the ghost. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Hamsend.doc

Imagery In Hamlet # 2 : This 5 page research paper examines William Shakespeare’s use of imagery in his plays, focusing exclusively upon Hamlet. Specifically discussed are the dominant images of Christian religion, disease, and nature. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Hamimage.wps

Laertes & Fortinbras As Foils for Hamlet : A 3 page essay discussing how the personalities and behaviors of Fortinbras and Laertes highlight and contrast with those of Hamlet. No additional sources cited. Laerfoil.wps

The Religious Aspects Of "Hamlet" Analyzed : This 5 page research paper examines whether or not Hamlet is a religious play. Specifically discussed are the play's religious implications, Hamlet's actions and the interpretation of their motives, and the presence of sin among all the main characters. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Hamrel.wps

Shakespeare’s Hamlet / Murder or Suicide? : This 5 page paper argues that Hamlet, the character, actually committed suicide despite evidence to the contrary. The character’s state of mind is analyzed along with perceptions about suicide in general. No additional sources cited. Murdsuic.wps

Shakespeare's Use of Language in Hamlet : A 5 page research paper that examines Shakespeare's extraordinary gift for language. The writer emphasizes Shakespeare's contributions to the English language as well as focusing on how Shakespeare used the character of the Ghost in Hamlet as a form of figurative speech. A portion of Hamlet is translated from old English into modern English. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Shahaml.wps

Shakespeare’s Hamlet / Poison in the Ear and Disease Images as a Representation of Loss & Torment : This 5 page paper considers the symbols of the ear (or poison ear) and disease and rotting as elements in Hamlet, especially as they serve to demonstrate loss and torment. This paper focuses on the messages of the ghost, as they were conveyed to Hamlet, and how these messages poisoned his perspective and transformed the play. No additional sources cited. Hapoison.wps

Shakespeare - The Closet Scene from Hamlet / An Analysis : An 8 page research paper which specifically looks at the guilt or innocence of Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude. The writer argues that Gertrude was, indeed, guilty of adultery due to the way in which this term was defined during the sixteenth century and that the closet scene between Gertrude and Hamlet deals specifically with her guilt. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Hamclos.wps

Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" / A Poor Ending : This 4 page paper provides documentation to support a thesis that Shakespeare did not possess the skills to write a satisfactory ending for Hamlet. No additional sources cited. Hamlet18.wps

Shakespeare’s "Hamlet"/ Helpful Study Notes : A 6 page document discussing various common study questions related to Shakespeare’s tragedy "Hamlet." No additional sources cited. Hamletq.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

Shakespeare’s Hamlet / Comparing Play To Movie : 6 pages in length. The striking resemblance between William Shakespeare's play Hamlet and the movie version starring Kenneth Branagh have separated this particular film adaptation apart from all others. Sir Laurence Olivier has been bestowed accolades for his screen performance, and Mel Gibson's rendition rendered him as an accomplished Shakespearean actor; however, none but Branagh's Hamlet have proven to possess the same intensity -- line for line -- that the original maintained. The writer discusses the similarities between Shakespeare's play and Branagh's movie. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Hamplmv.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

The Role of Women in Hamlet & Canterbury Tales : An 8 page paper examining the way women are portrayed in Shakespeare’s and Chaucer’s works. The paper concludes that both these authors treat women with singular well-roundedness, exhibiting a deep understanding of the female psyche. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Hamcan.wps

Madness in "Hamlet" and "Death and the Maiden" / Analyzed : This 5 page research paper examines the madness depicted in the main characters of Prince Hamlet in William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, and Paulina Salas Escobar in Ariel Dorfman's play (and screenplay), Death and the Maiden. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Hamaid.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

Oedipus & Hamlet : An 8 page paper which compares and contrasts King Oedipus in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Shakespeare’s prince, Hamlet. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Hamoed.wps

"Hamlet" vs. "All The King's Men" / Maternal Relationships : This 5 page research paper discusses the maternal relationships in William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men. Specifically discussed are the Oedipal implications between Prince Hamlet and Queen Gertrude; between Jack Burden and his mother and its consequences on their lives and relationships with others. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Shakwarr.wps

"Hamlet" vs. "The Prince" / The Dane & The Italian : A 5 page paper comparing Machiavelli’s "Prince" and Shakespeare’s "Prince Hamlet." The writer feels that both works represented important changing points in world culture. No additional sources cited. 2princes.doc

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...

Henry IV & V

"Henry IV"(Part I) -- Shakespeare : This 10 page report discusses the characters of Shakespeare’s "Henry IV, Part One" and illustrates how they provide contrast to one another in their creation of the larger world of the play. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Henry14.wps

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

Machiavelli’s Influence in Shakespeare’s Henry VI : A 20 page paper looking at the way sixteenth-century Florentine politician Niccolo Machiavelli influenced Shakespeare’s characterization of the inept ruler in his three Henry VI plays (parts I, II, and III.) The paper shows areas in which Shakespeare’s idea of "statesmanship" resembled Machiavelli’s, as well as where it differed. Bibliography lists six sources. Henrymach.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

Honor In Sir Gawain, Canterbury Tales, & Henry IV : A 5 page paper comparing the views of honor and virtue in the three works: Sir Gaiwan and the Green Knight, The Canterbury Tales, and Henry IV Part 1. No additional sources cited. Greenhon.wps

Shakespeare’s "Henry V" / Treason : An 8 page analysis of this theme as it is developed in the most patriotic of Shakespeare’s histories. The paper concentrates on Henry’s condemnation of the three traitors in the second act, and shows some of the reasons why this theme was so important to Shakespeare himself. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Hentreas.wps

Henry V – The Character of the King : A 5 page paper discussing Shakespeare’s "The Life of King Henry the Fifth" and the character of King Henry himself. Bibliography lists three secondary sources used with the text of the play. Henchar.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

Julius Caesar

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

Marcus Brutus as the Quintessential Shakespearean Tragic Hero in "Julius Caesar": This 5 page research paper examines how Marcus Brutus represents William Shakespeare’s tragic hero, despite his ultimate act of betrayal, the murder his friend and mentor, Julius Caesar. Specifically considered are the elements of tragedy as defined by Shakespeare and how the character of Brutus exemplifies these characteristics. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Brutus.rtf

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar / What Would Cause a Person to Kill a Close Friend : In 5 pages, the writer discusses "[The Tragedy of] Julius Caesar" and examines the question of what would cause a person to kill a close friend. Ironically the person in charge of the assassination was Marcus Brutus. Brutus was a servant and close friend to Julius Caesar. What would cause a person to kill a close friend? To determine this, a careful examination of Brutus' relationship to Caesar, his involvement in the conspiracy, and his importance to the actual plot must be made." Bibliography lists 4 sources. Jckill.wps

Sexuality in William Shakespeare’s "Julius Caesar": This 6 page research paper examines how sexuality, both overt and implied, are evident in William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar (1599). Bibliography lists 6 sources. Caesex.wps

King John

Shakespeare’s "King John" / The Character Of King John : A 10 page paper discussing how the character of King John is a man of strength, flexibility, and power who uses these attributes in a very positive manner until a time when he is faced with a serious choice. He chooses wrongly and must give up his most prized possession only to have it returned. King John is strong when it is needed and regal when faced with his duties. Like many people during their lifetime, King John is faced with many different situations that call for some sort of decision. The choices he makes in error, eventually lead him to a point where he must relinquish that which he holds most dear, his crown. However, with the relinquishing of that which he held so near to him, he is somehow saved and crowned once again. He struggled long and hard to find he was king after all, having faced his error and worked towards fixing it. Bibliography lists 6 sources. RAjohn.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

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

The Protagonist’s Search for Identity in King Lear : A 5 page analysis of the development of Lear’s own character. The writer demonstrates how the play chronicles Lear’s growth until his suffering is made complete by his realization of the part he played in his own downfall and the tragedy in general. No additional sources cited. Lear4.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 & His Multi-faceted Personality : A 7 page paper examining King Lear in terms of the statement "The power of Shakespeare’s plays is that they present man simultaneously in all his aspects." It argues that in Lear Shakespeare created a character who encompasses good and evil, power and weakness, greed and generosity -- in short, all human attributes -- within one personality, and does so convincingly. Bibliography lists 5 sources. King5per.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

King Lear / Goneril’s Soliloquy : A 4 page paper in which King Lear’s eldest daughter, Goneril, explains her wicked behavior toward her father; her husband, Edmund; and her sisters, Regan and Cordelia from her own, positive rationale. Bibliography lists 1 source. Goneril.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

King Lear and Oedipus As Tragic Heroes : A 5 page paper discussing Lear and Oedipus as tragic heroes, as defined by Aristotle. Cites characteristics of each figure, discussing each man’s basic goodness and his sense of right and wrong and how each deals with violations of his own conscience. Bibliography lists 1 source. Learo.wps

Questioning Authority In Renaissance Drama : A 6 page paper looking at Shakespeare’s King Lear, The Tempest, and Spanish playwright Lope de Vega’s Fuente Ovejuna in terms of the degree to which they permit characters to question and flout authority. The paper argues that this has a great deal to do with the medieval view of government as a God-given hierarchy, and only as humanism began to take hold could authority be questioned. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Devega.wps

Kingship And Downfall In Beowulf And Lear : A 5 page paper comparing Beowulf and Shakespeare’s King Lear in terms of the protagonists’ deaths at the end of their respective works of literature. The paper observes that Beowulf’s overconfidence caused him to die precisely as he wanted -- a hero -- while Lear’s vanity caused him to die a tragic and humbled death. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Learbeo.wps


"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

Shakespeare’s "Macbeth" / Psychological Effect of the Witches : An 8 page paper analyzing the role of the witches in Shakespeare’s drama. The paper argues that the witches in no way forced Macbeth to take the path he chose, but rather that they merely served as a psychological justification for him to do what had been in his secret heart all along. Bibliography lists 9 sources. Macwitch.wps

Macbeth / Imagery, Violence, and Macbeth : A 6 page paper discussing how imagery is used in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, in order to set the stage for violence. Shakespeare is renown for his violent plays and Macbeth is no exception. Shakespeare uses many powerful images to portray the violence that is on the verge of occurring throughout the entire play. The particulars that are addressed herein focus on the imagery that is presented to the reader in regards to the first murder, the murder of the king. Shakespeare implements positive and negative imagery to fully detail the impending doom. The words, and images, which portray light and dark are often used throughout Macbeth, and further illustrate this point. No additional sources provided. MarMacB.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

Shakespeare’s "Macbeth" / Communication & Leadership : A 10 page paper looking at how spoken communication emerges as a potent leadership skill in Shakespeare’s play. The paper concludes that both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are, at different times, able to influence others to do their will; but in neither case could they establish leadership roles based on inspiration, respect, or loyalty, which are ultimately the influences that last. Bibliography lists 1 source. Maclead.wps

Measure For Measure

Shakespeare’s "Measure for Measure" / Sexual Self-discipline : A 5 page paper examining this issue in Shakespeare’s play. The paper concludes that a person who sets standards of good conduct and then goes out into the world to live up to them is esteemed more highly than someone with the same good intentions who never has to make the hard choices in life. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Sexmeas.wps

"Measure For Measure" / Controlling Women : This 7 page paper analyzes Shakespeare's play. The prevailing thesis is the avoidance and control of "mother" through the control of women. The writer demonstrates how all male characters, especially the Duke, control women and thus the mother figure or image throughout the text. Specific citations are offered in support of the thesis. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Meafmeas.wps

"Measure For Measure," Act 2, Scene 4 : In 3 pages, the author analyzes in detail the soliloquy of Isabella when she is speaking to Angelo in Act 2, Scene 4 of "Measure for Measure" by William Shakespeare. The importance of the lines in relation to the theme of the play, and the imagery are discussed. No additional sources cited. Mform.wps

Merchant Of Venice

"The Merchant of Venice" / Deceptive Apperances : A 5 page paper which examines the underlying theme of deceiving appearances that is present throughout William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, The Merchant of Venice (1597). TGmov.wps

Law and Justice In "The Merchant Of Venice" : A 5 page paper analyzing the use of the courtroom scene in Shakespeare’s play. The paper asserts that Shakespeare used this scene as a way to give a voice to individuals normally not heard in Elizabethan society, such as women and Jews. Bibliography lists three sources. Mvenice.wps

Anti-Semitism In "The Merchant Of Venice" : A 5 page paper looking at the way Shakespeare deals with the character of the Jewish moneylender Shylock in this play. The paper concludes that Shakespeare’s handling of the question of anti-Semitism gives Shylock a way to vent his wrath at the Christians who have persecuted him, while at the same time making that wrath forgivable. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Shylock.wps

Shakespeare’s "Merchant Of Venice"/ Role of The "Other" : A 4 page paper examining the occurrence of "other" in Shakespeare’s works. The issue is discussed using Adelman’s thesis that Shakespeare’s characters project their own fears onto other characters they define as "other." An analysis of Adleman’s theory is included, followed by a discussion which addresses the separate elements that such a reality involves. Adleman’s theory, while correct in some ways, is in other ways far-fetched and ridiculous. Adleman’s theories are related to similar issues which appear in the Shakespeare play, "Merchant of Venice." No additional sources cited. Veniceot.wps

Much Ado About Nothing

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

Much Ado About Nothing # 2 : A 5 page paper discussing the differences and the similarities between the love of Claudio and Hero and the love of Benedick and Beatrice in the classic by William Shakespeare, "Much Ado About Nothing." While Claudio and Hero’s love is based on appearances, wealth, and ignorance Benedick and Beatrice’s attraction is based on mutual regard, respect, and the fact that they both acknowledge the inner beauty of the other. The outcome is perhaps the only common bond that the two relationships share. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Muchnw.wps

Social Class in Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing": This 5 page report discusses Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing. While Much Ado About Nothing is, ostensibly, about the foibles and misunderstandings, as well as the social conveniences of relationships or marriages, it also has a great deal to say about the issue of social class, standing, and what is, or is not, correct behavior. As a result, the audience learns that life and love cannot be truly experienced when rules and constrictions of social class stand as a barrier to a loving and beloved reality. Bibliography lists only the play itself as a source. BWado.rtf

The Two Love Stories of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing : A 5 page paper discussing the interconnectedness of the love stories presented by Hero and Claudio, and Beatrice and Benedick. The writer examines the parallels and counterpoints of the two couples in terms of dialogue, characterization, and plot. Bibliography lists only the play as a source. Ado2.wps
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