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ENGL444: BOOK CRITIQUE - Mark Poster’s The Mode o
ENGL444: BOOK CRITIQUE - Mark Poster’s The Mode o
ENGL444: BOOK CRITIQUE - Mark Poster’s The Mode of Information Maitiu Ward Mark Poster’s The Mode of Information can be seen as something of an attempt to establish a new discourse in socio-political theory. He does this mainly through the concerted criticism of several prominent philosophers, including Marx, Foucault, Derrida and Baudrillard. Typically, his prime concern with the bulk of most of these philosopher’s works is their tendency towards totalization, or their failure to adequately
The character of Macbeth is a classic example of a
The character of Macbeth is a classic example of a
The character of Macbeth is a classic example of a Shakespearean tragic hero. There are many factors which contribute to the degeneration of Macbeth of which three will be discussed. The three points which contribute greatly to Macbeth\'s degeneration are the prophecy which was told to him by the witches, how Lady Macbeth influenced and manipulated Macbeth\'s judgment, and finally Macbeth\'s long time ambition which drove his desire to be king. Macbeth\'s growing character degenerates from a nob
Revenge in Julius Caesar
Revenge in Julius Caesar
Revenge in Julius Caesar Revenge. Revenge causes one to act blindly without reason. It is based on the principle of an eye for an eye, however this principle is not always a justified one to follow. In Julius Caesar, Antony seeks to avenge the death of Caesar. Antony acts on emotion which leads to the demise of Brutus, who is a noble man that does not deserve to be killed. Revenge is a central theme within Julius Caesar. This is demonstrated through Antony’s desire to avenge Caesar’s death, and
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare Shakespeare, William (1564-1616), was an English playwright and Poet, he is considered the greatest dramatist the world has ever known and the finest poet who has written in the English language. Shakespeare is known as the most popular author, no other writer\'s plays have been produced so many times in so many different places. Many reasons can be given for Shakespeare\'s popular audience, one is because of his broad understanding of human nature. Shakespeare understood peo
The Merchant of Venice is a controversial play amo
The Merchant of Venice is a controversial play amo
The Merchant of Venice is a controversial play among experts of Shakespeare. This play has been argued by some to be a comedy. This is because there is a lot of comic relief and the story has a happy ending. Others consider the play to be a tragedy because of Shylock’s character. He is very much like a character of a tragedy as in Phaedra. Still other experts use the term tragicomedy. Personally I think that the last definition is the best one to describe this play. There are several factors t
Stanford White
Stanford White
Stanford White Stanford White, the son of Richard Grant White a noted writer, editor, music critic, and Shakespearean scholar, was born in New York City on November 9, 1853. As a boy, he showed a talent and interest in drawing and the arts, which was greatly encouraged by his family. Although he had no formal training in art, he attended private schools and studied under tutors, Stanford White demonstrated a remarkable artistic gift; he was able to convey an outdoor atmosphere or a particular mo
Shakespeare and His Sonnet 18
Shakespeare and His Sonnet 18
Shakespeare and His Sonnet 18 Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day? William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English poet and playwright, recognized in much of the world as the greatest of all dramatists, is perhaps the most famous writer in the history of English literature. By writing plays, Shakespeare earned recognition from his late 16th and early 17th century contemporaries, but he may have looked to poetry for enduring fame. His poetic achievements include a series of 154 sonnets. Many of the
Explication of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Explication of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Explication of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Grade Received: A- In his poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Eliot explores the timeless issues of love and self-awareness - popular themes in literature. However, through his use of Prufrock\'s profound self-consciousness he skews the reader\'s expectations of a Love Song and takes a serious perspective on the subject of love, which many authors do, but few can create characters as deep and multi-layered as Prufrock; probably the reason
Although generally considered the greatest dramati
Although generally considered the greatest dramati
Although generally considered the greatest dramatist of all time, William Shakespeare\'s life remains shrouded in mystery. Born in 1564 in the town of Stratford-on-Avon to a middle-class family, he is presumed to have received a grammar school education. However, by the time he was thirteen or fourteen, his family had become impoverished and he was forced to drop out of school in order to work full-time in his father\'s tannery. At the age of eighteen, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, a woman
The Interpretation of Act V Scene I
The Interpretation of Act V Scene I
The Interpretation of Act V Scene I The Twelfth Night is a Shakespearean romantic comedy that is filled with plenty of humor and lots of deception. It is frequently read as a play about masking, about the conscious and unconscious assumption of false identities and about levels of self-knowledge and self-deception; this theme is played out prominently through Viola’s transsexual disguise (Kahn 43). The play is comprised of five acts and numerous scenes. However, I am only going to touch on one o
Portia: Is she the best female Shakespearean part?
Portia: Is she the best female Shakespearean part?
Portia: Is she the best female Shakespearean part? Portia is one of Shakespeare’s best parts for an actress and within this play she displays great wit and intelligence. Those are traits that no other female character has ever established. Shakespeare wrote The Merchant Of Venice, between 1595 and 1598 and some of the main characters in the play include: Antonio, Portia, Shylock, Bassanio, Lorenzo, Jessica, Gratiano, Nerissa, Launcelot Gobbo and County Palatine. In The Merchant Of Venice, Portia
The Tragedy of Hamlet
The Tragedy of Hamlet
The Tragedy of Hamlet Arguably, the best piece of writing ever done by William Shakespeare, Hamlet is the classic example of a tragedy. In all tragedies the hero suffers, and usually dies at the end. Othello stabs himself, Romeo and Juliet commit suicide, Brutis falls on his sword, and like them Hamlet dies by getting cut with a poison tipped sword. But that is not all tht is need to consider a play a tragedy, and sometimes a hero doesn\'t even need to die. Not every play in which a hero dies is
The difference between a play and other forms of l
The difference between a play and other forms of l
The difference between a play and other forms of literature is that a play is meant to be seen and heard, not merely read. As such, the playwright\'s text is the center of a larger effort on the part of director, actors and designers as they attempt to aid the audience\'s understanding of the play\'s plot, their sympathies with its characters and, ultimately, with the themes that it addresses. Each scene of a play helps an audience to build its appreciation of the play as a whole. The director,
From the very opening of the play when Richard III
From the very opening of the play when Richard III
From the very opening of the play when Richard III enters solus, the protagonist\'s isolation is made clear. Richard\'s isolation progresses as he separates himself from the other characters and breaks the natural bonds between Man and nature through his efforts to gain power. The first scene of the play begins with a soliloquy, which emphasizes Richard\'s physical isolation as he appears alone as he speaks to the audience. This idea of physical isolation is heightened by his references to his d
Macbeth: Tragedy or Satire?
Macbeth: Tragedy or Satire?
Macbeth: Tragedy or Satire? William Shakespeare wrote four great tragedies, the last of which was written in 1606 and titled Macbeth. This tragedy, as societal critics of yesterday’s literary world consider, scrutinizes the evil dimension of conflict, offering a dark and gloomy atmosphere of a world dominated by the powers of darkness. Macbeth, more so than any of Shakespeare\'s other tragic protagonists, has to face the powers and decide: should he succumb or should he resist? Macbeth understan
Macbeth
Macbeth
Macbeth In Shakespeare\'s Macbeth, one of the reoccurring themes throughout the play was Fair is foul and foul is fair. This is used to explain that people and events may seem either good or bad, but after some inspection, turn out to be the opposite. In my opinion, Nothing is but what is not, is similar to Fair is foul and foul is fair, because it is declaring how things are, in fact, what people believe they are contrary to. First, throughout the play, many people end up being the opposite of
Theme of False reality in King Lear
Theme of False reality in King Lear
Theme of False reality in King Lear In Shakespearean terms, being blind means something entirely different than our common day view. Blindness can normally be defined as the inability of the eye to see, but according to Shakespeare, blindness is not a physical quality, but a mental flaw some people possess. In other words, it’s the ability to see life not from an openly logical point of view, but instead through their emotions and false pretenses that are the base of their societyShakespeare’s m
FATE OF MACBETH
FATE OF MACBETH
FATE OF MACBETH Although Macbeth does take actions that lead to his downfall, I believe that he is not totally responsible for what happens. Although he takes the actions, he would not have done this if the witches had not told him that he would be king in Act I Scene iii. I believe that it is the witches are more responsible for the downfall of Macbeth. The witches introduce Macbeths’s fate. At the beginning of the play they plan to meet with Macbeth and they say Fair is foul, and foul is fair,
It is reasonable to wonder what Shakespeare had in
It is reasonable to wonder what Shakespeare had in
It is reasonable to wonder what Shakespeare had in mind while writing Hamlet. After all, Shakespeare wasn\'t a philosopher or historian, or even a literary critic. He was a playwright. He didn\'t leave critical essays examining his work. It is left to us to examine his work and decide for ourselves, if we care to, what Shakespeare was thinking. Did he know that he was writing a drama of deep psychological significance, a play which would eventually be viewed and read the world over, produced man
Much Ado About Nothing is one of William Shakespea
Much Ado About Nothing is one of William Shakespea
Much Ado About Nothing is one of William Shakespeare\'s many comedy plays. Much Ado About Nothing differs from most of the other comedies in that it has naturalized the romantic materials. There are not any fairy kingdoms, as in Midsummer to help the story flow better. Even the language does not have the quality of Shakespeare\'s other writings. It is closer to ordinary speech. William Shakespeare was very well know for his for his poetry from about 1587 up to the present date. Many of his writi
Adventures of Huck Finn
Adventures of Huck Finn
Adventures of Huck Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 1. In the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck Finn was the main character. The story was told through his eyes, and most of the events that took place happened around him. But some of these events would not have happened without other main characters as well, like Jim, Tom Sawyer, the King, or the Duke. Huck’s personality at the start of the novel had changed gradually throughout the novel and until the end. At fir
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was a great English playwright, dramatist and poet who lived during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwright of all time. No other writer\'s plays have been produced so many times or read so widely in so many countries as his. Shakespeare was born to middle class parents. His father, John, was a Stratford businessman. He was a glove maker who owned a leather shop. John Shakespeare was a wel
Christine Tirman
Christine Tirman
Christine Tirman Mr. Leogrand Period 1&2 (January Graduate) Critique: Hamlet William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet has been one of the most controversial works of all time. There have been so many criticisms on this book and opinions on what the main theme behind the play is. Many themes have been proposed such as revenge, sex, reality and jealousy. I myself believe that there is no one theme behind Hamlet and it is a complex with work with many complex ideas behind it. I didn’t realize this unti
Comparative Essay #2
Comparative Essay #2
Comparative Essay #2 Compare and Contrast Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in terms of ambition, action and subsequent destruction Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most tragic works. Known as one his last four great tragedies, this play has been read and performed throughout the English-speaking world. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, although their characters may seem similar, they are in fact different in many aspects. The once noble Macbeth, as he was known before he walked down the dark path, wa
The soliloquies spoken by Hamlet were directed to
The soliloquies spoken by Hamlet were directed to
The soliloquies spoken by Hamlet were directed to the audience, rather than seeming like conversations with himself. In the first soliloquy, Hamlet talks about how aggravated at life he is and that if it weren’t for God’s laws he would commit suicide. He is not really morning his fathers death in this soliloquy but more his disgust for his mother for marring his uncle especially a few months after his father’s death. He then goes on to explain he must remain silent. He is explaining to the audie
For hundreds of years, English has been continuous
For hundreds of years, English has been continuous
For hundreds of years, English has been continuously changing. Words that were unacceptable 300 years ago are now commonplace. English has always had a trademark of being a comfortable language, the language of the common people (MacNeil 143). Change in the grammar and diction of a language is natural, and English is always confronted with changes. Among them are the use of slang, clipped word endings, and new dialects. Some Conservatives do not like changes because they claim that standard Engl
This sonnet demonstrates Shakespeare's great abili
This sonnet demonstrates Shakespeare's great abili
This sonnet demonstrates Shakespeare\'s great ability of playing with words. According to him a person is tongue-tied when he has either too much or too little to say. He illustrates his idea by giving an example of an unperfect actor who forgets his lines on stage and more curiously, some fierce thing whose heart is weakened by the weight of his own strength. This use of paradox adds intensity to the sonnet and lays the foundation for the following quatrain. The first quatrain is like the silen
Romeo and Juliet A Tragic Play
Romeo and Juliet A Tragic Play
Romeo and Juliet A Tragic Play It is known that in Shakespeare’s tragedies main characters die in the end, and in his comedies people marry. Since Romeo and Juliet are a tragedy, Romeo and Juliet are going to die in the end. Some events have to lead to their deaths, and someone makes these events happen. The person(s) who started it all and did something that led to all the other events that caused the death of a pair of star-crossed lovers. The Capulets and Montagues would be most responsible f
Character in the play is Bene*censored* and he is
Character in the play is Bene*censored* and he is
One character in the play is Bene*censored* and he is expressed in an interesting way. Bene*censored* is a character that not only deceives other characters in the play, but most of all he deceives himself. Bene*censored*’s deceiving ways derive him to be a hypocritical character; this phenomenon makes his role compellingly intriguing in the play Much Ado About Nothing. Bene*censored* has a unique view toward love, he wants no part in giving or receiving love. He has a simple way to live, I w
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare\'s plays about tragedy. It is about two lovers who commit suicide when their feuding famillies prevent them from being together. The play has many characters, each with its own role in keeping the plot line. Some characters have very little to do with the plot but some have the plot revolving around them. Friar Lawrence does not have very much time on stage but the time he does have is crucial to the plot line. Through his words Friar Lawre
Iago
Iago
Iago When Shakespeare attempted to create the ultimate villain (and I must say he was stunningly successful), Iago was the result. This cunningly evil character always keeps the audience guessing at his true personality until he has the opportunity to plan in solitude or so gracefully manipulate an inferior intellect that he can let his true colors shine while preserving his image. Such is the case in act I, scene III, when he recites to Roderigo a beautifully worded speech revealing his true
Beethoven
Beethoven
Beethoven Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany in 1770 to Johann van Beethoven and his wife, Maria Magdalena. He took his first music lessons from his father, who was tenor in the choir of the archbishop-elector of Cologne. His father was an unstable, yet ambitious man whose excessive drinking, rough temper and anxiety surprisingly did not diminish Beethoven’s love for music. He studied and performed with great success, despite becoming the breadwinner of his household by the time he was 18 years
The character of Ophelia in William Shakespeare’s
The character of Ophelia in William Shakespeare’s
The character of Ophelia in William Shakespeare’s play hamlet plays a very interesting and important role in the elaboration of the plot. In the beginning, she is in a healthy state of mind, in love with her boy friend Hamlet, yet controlled by her father in regard to their relationship. During the play she encounters several troubling experiences involving hamlet which cause her to become distressed and confused. In act III scene 4 after the death of her father leaves Ophelia mentally unstable
Paul Lawrence Dunbar, was the first important Afri
Paul Lawrence Dunbar, was the first important Afri
Paul Lawrence Dunbar, was the first important African American Poet in American Literature and the first poet to write of both a black and white audience in a time when efforts were being made to re-establish slavery. He was also the first African-American poet to garner national critical acclaim(43). During his short lifetime Dunbar became known as the poet laureate of African Americans (Columbus 45). Paul Lawrence Dunbar was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1872, to two freed slaves. Both of Dunbar
Revenge
Revenge
Revenge Revenge causes one to act blindly through anger, rather than through reason. It is based on the principle of an eye for an eye, but this principle is not always an intelligent theory to live by. Young Fortinbras, Laertes, and Hamlet were all looking to avenge the deaths of their fathers. They all acted on emotion, and this led to the downfall of two, and the rise to power of one. Since the heads of the three major families were each murdered, the eldest sons of these families swore venge
Faustus: Renaissance Martyr or Tragic Hero Faustus
Faustus: Renaissance Martyr or Tragic Hero Faustus
Faustus: Renaissance Martyr or Tragic Hero Faustus died a death that few could bear to imagine, much less experience. After knowing for many years when exactly he would die, he reached the stroke of the hour of his destiny in a cowardly, horrid demeanor. Finally, when the devils appeared at the stroke of midnight, tearing at his flesh as they draw him into his eternal torment, he screams for mercy without a soul, not even God Himself, to help him. However, what to consider Doctor John Faustus fr
He was called ‘ Shakespeare in Harlem,’ The blue
He was called ‘ Shakespeare in Harlem,’ The blue
He was called ‘ Shakespeare in Harlem,’ The blues poet, the ‘Simple’ man on the street, The voice of Black Harlem (Tolson 1) Possessing qualities unlike any other, Langston Hughes believed that there was no difference between the common experiences of Black America and his own personal experiences. His life and work were enormously important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920 ‘s (Tolson 1) Hughes wrote vividly about the life, luxury, and hardships
Elizabeth was the unwanted daughter of King Henry
Elizabeth was the unwanted daughter of King Henry
Elizabeth was the unwanted daughter of King Henry VIII, the king who killed her mother, because she did not bear a son. Elizabeth grew up in a country at war with it self in the wake of King Henry’s religious reforms. Through no fault of her own, Elizabeth was cast aside by her own father; resulting in a lonely childhood and adolescence. While her half sister Mary I was queen, as a young women Elizabeth lived quietly, waiting for her opportunity to succeed. On November. 17, 1558, Mary died and E
Glass Menagerie
Glass Menagerie
Glass Menagerie In The Glass Menagerie, the main characters are Laura, Amanda, Tom, Jim, and Father. Each character can be found with symbols that best represent them. Laura \'s two symbols are Blue Roses and her glass menagerie, Unicorn. Amanda \'s yellow dress and bathrobe can express her love she has of the past event. Tom \'s symbols are the movies and merchant marine. Jim\'s symbolize itself as a gentlemen caller for Laura. The Father \'s portrait portrays his abandonment of the Wingfield f
Humanism during the Renaissance
Humanism during the Renaissance
Humanism during the Renaissance During the renaissance, there was a renewed interest in the arts, and the traditional views of society came into question. People began to explore the power of the human mind. A term often used to describe the increasing interest in the powers of the human mind is humanism. Generally, humanism stresses the individual’s creative, reasoning, and aesthetic powers. However, during the Renaissance, individual ideas about humanism differed. Writers and philosophers of t
Love Versus Hate
Love Versus Hate
Love Versus Hate William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Arthur Laurent’s West Side Story are very similar in comparison. The characters in both these tragic stories are almost symmetric in what kind of role they play and how they interact. Even the plot is generally the same except for the changes made due to the setting. Because of my fascination of middle age Europe, I enjoyed Romeo and Juliet more. Romeo and Juliet is a story of star-crossed lovers whose tragic end show their families the
“Romeo and Juliet:” Star-Crossed Lover
“Romeo and Juliet:” Star-Crossed Lover
Romeo and Juliet: Star-Crossed Lovers? After reading Shakespeare´s Romeo and Juliet I noticed something that everybody must had noticed: their immaturity. Romeo and Juliet see each other and instantly fall in love. The next day they get married and two days after that they die for each other. I think that nobody is capable of doing such thing for someone you have less than a weeek of knowing. The haste of this play is what shocked me the most. I really don´t know what Shakespeare was trying
William Shakespeare was a great English playwright
William Shakespeare was a great English playwright
William Shakespeare was a great English playwright, dramatist and poet who lived during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwright of all time. No other writer\'s plays have been produced so many times or read so widely in so many countries as his. Shakespeare was born to middle class parents. His father, John, was a Stratford businessman. He was a glove maker who owned a leather shop. John Shakespeare was a well known and respecte
England's greatest poet and playwright was born at
England's greatest poet and playwright was born at
England\'s greatest poet and playwright was born at Stratford-upon-Avon, the son of a tradesman and Alderman of Stratford, John Shakespeare in 1564. William, the eldest son, and third child (of eight) was baptised on 26th April 1564 and probably educated at Stratford Grammar School, but little is known of his life up to his eighteenth year. He did not go to University and his younger contemporary and fellow-dramatist, Ben Johnson, would later speak disparagingly of his small Latin, and less Gree
LOVE AS A DYNAMIC FORCE IN SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS
LOVE AS A DYNAMIC FORCE IN SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS
LOVE AS A DYNAMIC FORCE IN SHAKESPEARE\'S SONNETS Shakespeare\'s love sonnets describe three different contexts in which love operates, as such, he depicts a multi-faceted picture of love. Love in Shakespeare\'s poems does not have a single definition, but rather, an intangible conglomeration of characteristics that, together, make up an ever powerful force that defeats all obstacles. In Shakespeare\'s love Sonnets numbers 116, 130, and 147, love is depicted as an overwhelming force that triumph
Shakespeare - Sonnet 18 This sonnet is by far one
Shakespeare - Sonnet 18 This sonnet is by far one
Shakespeare - Sonnet 18 This sonnet is by far one of the most interesting poems in the book. Of Shakespeare\'s sonnets in the text, this is one of the most moving lyric poems that I have ever read. There is great use of imagery within the sonnet. This is not to say that the rest of the poems in the book were not good, but this to me was the best, most interesting, and most beautiful of them. It is mainly due to the simplicity and loveliness of the poem’s praise of the beloved woman that it has g
William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73
William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73
William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73 That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruin\'d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. In me thou see\'st the twilight of such day As after sunset fadeth in the west, Which by-and-by black night doth take away, Death\'s second self, that seals up all in rest. In me thou see\'st the glowing of such fire That on the ashes of his youth doth lie, As the death-bed wher
In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, it is obvious that
In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, it is obvious that
In Shakespeare\'s Twelfth Night, it is obvious that the oscillation of attitude, in the dual role played by the character of Viola/Cesario, gives her a better understanding of both sexes. It allows her to encompass a better discernment of the sentiments of the Duke, Orsino. Near the onset of the play, when Viola is assuming her male identity, she fashions an alternate self, giving her two masks. She takes on the Cesario identity in order to achieve more freedom in society. This is evident when,
What Makes Us Love?
What Makes Us Love?
What Makes Us Love? What makes us love? This question has been studied for centuries by philosophers, scientists, and even writers in search of a sensible answer. Shakespeare, for one, explored many ideas to justify love. In his play, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, he lists various thoughts on what he thinks causes people to love. Some are overwhelmingly ridiculous, while others make some sense. One of his far-fetched answers as to how people fall in love was Cupid. He believed Cupid would shoot h
Cynthia I. Quintana
Cynthia I. Quintana
Cynthia I. Quintana Racial Background Effect in Othello During the Elizabethan times it was uncommon for black people to act out roles in plays. Shakespeare introduces this to his audience in two plays, the first Titus Andromicus and the second Othello. The first black character, Aaron, is portrayed as a secondary villain. Othello on the other hand is of higher status than many of his peers in the play. This was different for Shakespeare to present a minority person with such authority as a main