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The Taming Of The Shrew: Summary
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... these reasons many suitors wooed her. Kate was presented to be much more intelligent and witty than Bianca, but, ironically, she could not compete with Bianca because of these witty comebacks and caustic remarks she made (Dash 830). All of the men who desired Bianca needed somebody to marry Kate, as it was customary for the older daughter to be married before the young one. Finally, Petruchio came along to court Kate, saying he wanted to marry wealthily in Padua. It appeared, though, as if Petruchio was the kind of man who needed an opposition in life. The shrewish Kate, who was known to have a sharp tongue, very adequately filled his need for another powerful ...

Moral Law Vs. Civil Law In Antigone
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... of her brother suffer because of injustice. Many citizens backer her up on her decision. Creon's son, Haemon, even told his father what they thought. He said, "The people feel sorry for Antigone. They say it isn't equitable that she must die." God spoke to her and she acted upon the support of a loved one. She did what she did knowing would smile upon her and the dead would welcome her. Creon is what the civil law is. Polynices, the unburied, brother of Antigone, fought against Thebes, making him undeserving of a grave according to Creon. All that Polynices was doing was following his own morals. He believed in the other side, whatever that may have been ...

Hamlet: Tragedy Of Failure
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... except Hamlet. Hamlet knows that there is "something rotten in the state of Denmark." His belief is verified when the guards inform him of a ghostly figure with close resemblance to the late king. The ghost reveals to Hamlet that while in the garden, Claudius poured poison in his ear. Claudius prays to be forgiven but his prayers are not sincere. Claudius, overcome with guilt, would prefer to keep his status then reveal what he did to King Hamlet. The play within the play is useful because it allows Hamlet to verify the validity of the ghost. Usually plays are intended for entertainment purposes. The play is not real and the actors are playing a role ...

The Truth Of Suffering In King Lear
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... In the beginning of the drama, Lear is unable to see the good in his daughter Cordelia. He is so egotistical that when Cordelia explains her love for him is that of a daughter for her father, he becomes enraged. He desires to hear she loves him more than she could love anyone, ever. Cordelia: Good my lord, You have begot me, bred me, loved me. I return those duties back as are right fit: Obey you, love you, and most honor you........ That lord whose hand must take my plight shall carry Half my love with him, half my care and duty. Sure I shall never marry like my sisters, To love my father all. (1.1.105-15) Cordelia's plight is only one ...

Hamlet: Emotional States
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... full of corruption, deceit, passion, ruthlessness, and ambition that Hamlet is not used to (Lidz, 71). His mind temporarily can not handle his situation because, as I will mention later, his mother is at the center of it. He has to try to find meaning, direction and a stable identity in the midst of all the evil about him (Lidz, 73). We clearly see that Hamlet is quite upset by his mother's quite hasty marriage to is uncle, and this causes some deep seeded emotional problems for Hamlet. I can not talk about Hamlet's emotional state without also going into the fact that Hamlet already suspects the King of killing his father, before the ghost tells him so (Leavenw ...

Artists Of The Harlem Renaissance And Lost Generation
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... new culture and morals. The black artists of the post WWI era did not conform to mainstream society or even “regular” black society. Instead they formed their own culture aside the mainstream and the movement was dubbed the Harlem Renaissance. It was truly a coming together of black, and to some extent white, cultural figures. There was little outside influence on the Renaissance. Neither big industry, with their endless promotions to lure customers, nor the anti-prohibition, or speakeasy culture, that characterized the roaring ‘20s affected the diverse Harlem culture. Langston Hughes was a very prominent writer during the Renaissance. He was a very well cultured ...

To Be Shakespeare, Or Not To Be Shakespeare, That Is The Question
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... before the audience, so that there is no need to listen to the language to create your own vision of Hamlet's world. Branaugh's world is full of lavish affairs, freezing winters, and halls of mirrors. The use of the camera has some definite advantages and disadvantages. First, since the characters are no longer limited by a defined space, they are able to deliver their long speeches while being in a constant state of motion. This occurs in the scene with the guards, and most noticeably in the scene with Laertes and Ophelia, before he leaves for France. This same scene demonstrates how the camera enables the characters to switch from one setting to the next, as ...

Macbeth: A Shakespearean Tragic Hero
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... be his ordinary self. As a result of the prophecies, this aroused Macbeth's curiosity of how he could be King of Scotland. As the play progresses, Macbeth slowly relies on the witches prophecies. Shakespeare uses the witches as a remedy for Macbeth's curiosity which corrupts his character. The influence of Macbeth's wife, Lady Macbeth also contributed to his degeneration of character. Lady Macbeth's character in the beginning reveals that she is a lovable person. When Lady Macbeth was ready to kill King Duncan herself, it showed that Lady Macbeth could not murder King Duncan because he reminded her of her father. This proves that Lady Macbeth has a he ...

Othello: Iago As A "Type" Of Satan?
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... is the one doing the dirty deed. Iago uses his deceptive devices on Cassio to get him to drink so that he can use it against him; Cassio becomes drunk and loses his position with Othello. Iago enlists the help of Roderigo-a foolish, impetuous, former suitor of Desdemona. He convinces Roderigo to make as much money as possible so Roderigo can win over Desdemona when she tires of Othello. He also tells Roderigo that Cassio is in love with Desdemona and convinces Roderigo to murder Cassio (Iago later murders Roderigo). Iago even deceives his own wife, Emilia, convincing her to "find" Desdemona's handkerchief, given to her by Othello as a gift. He then drops it in Cass ...

C-SPAN, The Cable TV Channel
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... of C-SPAN's programs. Brian's primary belief is that people should be able to see government in action without soundbites, computer maps, models, images, music, and news anchor commentary. Brian feels that if people can see government in action without the normal clutter, then they can more easily make decisions for themselves about politics and the workings of their government. In addition to C-SPAN, a second channel, C-SPAN2 has also been created. C-SPAN2 is committed to providing live and uncut coverage of the U.S. Senate when it is in session. C-SPAN2 continues the tradition of the original channel by giving an even wider unfiltered and unplugged view of ...

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