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    Shakespeare’s Women’s March (The treatment of women according to Shakespeare.) Many writers have different ideas of character treatment. Some people are biased based on physical characteristics, different personal choices, and even gender. Especially back towards the 1400 and 1500’s, women were not treated as equals, they were much considered as lessers. Some men had great thoughts about women and treating them as goddesses, and women were often the focal point of their writing. However, Shakespeare had some differing views concerning the treatment of women. Not that all of his plays ended in the death of women, but most of his tragedies had pretty unfortunate treatment of women. Take King Lear, Hamlet, Othello, and Macbeth for example, all of these have relatively awful treatment of women considering how women are treated today. To begin, Hamlet, deals with women very differently considering how they are treated today, and even how they were treated by other people then. During Hamlet’s mission, he has to come into contact with his mother, and his lover, Gertrude and Ophelia. He shows them utmost spite and even says, “Frailty, thy name is women.” (Act I, Scene II) Hamlet and other characters see women as pawns to be used. Hamlet loved Ophelia but now he uses her to convince others he’s crazy. “; the audience sees the actor becoming Hamlet and is simultaneously present to the artifice of the proceedings and the intimacy of the character's psychological journey.”…

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    Therefore, Shakespeare attempts to intermix archetypes long before Carl Jung discovered and noted these aspects as well as enrich them with more layered struggles, as in the case with Goneril and Regan. The pair not only exhibits the behavior of typical temptresses, but also blends a sibling rivalry as they compete for Edmund’s adoration. Shakespeare also twists the Fool’s original archetype(the comic relief) and turns him into Lear 's loyal friend. Shakespeare turned an old tale with a happy…

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    King Lear Thesis

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    “Some people will only ‘love you’ as long as they can use you. Their ‘loyalty’ ends where the benefits stop.” Written between the years 1604 and 1606, Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, centers on an aging king who decides to divvy up his kingdom between his three daughters (Gonerill, Regan, and Cordelia) in order to avoid any conflict after his death. This tragedy provides no cushions of happiness for the viewer, and the society is ultimately responsible for the course of this play. King Lear…

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    Manipulation In King Lear

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    In the very first scene of the play the idea of one having control over one's own fate is evident through the contrasting actions of Cordelia's to those of Goneril and Regans. In Act one scene one of the play King Lear decides to give control of his kingdom to his daughters with each daughter receiving a third of the kingdom. The kings’ only catch being that each of his daughters has to profess their love for him in order to receive their share of the kingdom. Lears two eldest daughters Goneril…

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    Welcome to the beautiful and distinguished Sinclair family; welcome to American perfection. We Were Liars illustrates a perfect family living the Dream life; private island, grand houses, big family, picnics on the beach and boat rides to the vineyard. The novel indicates abstract concepts of love, loss and youth, and demonstrates topics of tragic heroes, sibling rivalry and political power. Harris Sinclair, the patriarch of the family, is the American ideal. He is the Sinclair family, and…

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    The presence of the supernatural is in The Tragedy of Macbeth, is common like the one to The of Tragedy Hamlet. Hamlet and Macbeth were both pressured into going against the natural social order that they lived in; Hamlet had the heavy task to cast justice with his own young hands, at the request of his deceased father. Macbeth was told his fate by three witches; as well was haunted by the ghost of Banqo. The presence of the supernatural influenced both of the actions of Macbeth and Hamlet. The…

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    Many people sacrifice the most important things or persons they have in life just to do a right. For example, in King Lear Cordelia sacrifice the love she had for her father, what can happen to her family while sending the army to attack, or even her freedom after her father realized that she was the only daughter that truly loved him. In other words she sacrifice her life without thinking about it, for love. Cordelia was so blind to realize that her father didn't have much love as he had for…

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    Theme Of King Lear Greed

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    Lear’s place on the balance of good and evil however, is not quite as clear. Ian Johnston of Malaspina University places the blame Hence, the accuracy of Lear’s self-proclamation of being ‘a…

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    While nearly all aspects of Lear’s behavior in the initial scene of King Lear are far from respectable, it is his disregard for the two characters present who are arguably the most noble and well-intentioned that give him the honor of meeting his tragic fate. In short, the banishment of Cordelia and Kent act as the catalyst for Lear’s tragedy. In a way these two characters are vehicles for Lear’s mistakes; regardless of Cordelia’s actions, she live within Lear’s story, and while her father grows…

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    (Bevington, 2014)King Lear and elderly King of Britain decides to step down from the throne and wanting to divide his kingdom between his three daughters. Before he divided the kingdom among the three daughters, he required them to show their love for him in words. Lear waits with a prideful heart and expecting to hear kind words from his daughters it was far from what he expected. Two of King Leer’s daughters Goneril and Regan manipulates him speaking highly of him and makes him proud. His…

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