Kenneth Branagh

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  • Theme Of Identity In Frankenstein

    Frankenstein is described as the modern-day Prometheus since 1823. In Greek mythology, Prometheus is the creator and protector of people. Frankenstein has had many adaptations since it was first published in 1818. Most have failed to stay true to the original novel. The closest adaptation that captures the essence of the novel is the 1994 Kenneth Branagh film. The protagonist Victor, seeks a way to create life artificially. One theme of the text is that human should not meddle with creation, if they do, they will be punished. In “Frankenstein: In a Better Light” by Lisa Nocks states, “the text implies the enormous cost of the irresponsible application of knowledge for egotistical, rather than altruistic purposes” ( ). Victor lacks forethought, he does not think about how the public will react to the Creature. He wants to create life, but is not ready to offer physical and emotional needs for the Creature. Both the novel and film show the…

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  • Revealing Loki: A Hero's Journey

    Unit 1 Essay The author changes and reveals the obstacle to foster hero growth throughout a story. Revealing Loki as the obstacle in the movie Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, made the hero overcome pride, grow emotionally stable, and reclaim his dominance. Fate and time were similarly revealed by the authors of Around the world in 80 day's Jules Verne, and The od ssey's Holmer.This helped transform the hero by establishing self-control, emotion, and the true meaning of life within…

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  • Analysis Of Roderigo In Othello

    Scene Analysis Assignment William Shakespeare’s play Othello is a tragedy about a man named Othello who gets tricked by his jealous friend Iago into believing that his wife has been unfaithful to him. In the play, Iago tricks and manipulates many characters into doing what he wants, especially the character Roderigo. Roderigo is a gullible Venetian gentleman that longs to be with Othello’s wife Desdemona. In Act 1 Scene 3, Shakespeare shows his reader how manipulative and deceitful Iago can be…

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  • History And Politics In Shakespeare's Henry V

    field of human conflict, has so much been owed by so many, to so few” (Angus 5). Henry’s ‘band of brothers’ is being alluded to yet ironically the constraints were still the same. New Zealand’s Maori Battalion found just that when they returned only to be told to go “back to the pa now boys” (Grace) Lawrence Olivier made a recording of Henry’s St Crispin Day speech to boost the troops’ morale and two years later, Churchill engaged him to film the play as further support. “Olivier intentionally…

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  • Romeo And Juliet Plot Analysis

    Romeo + Juliet: a summary Imagine that you are to explain the main plot and other interesting details of the movie Romeo + Juliet to a person that you do not know very well. This means that we can be a bit informal in our language, but not our grammar and punctuation. The summary should be around 300 - 400 words, Ariel and 1.5 spacing The summary should include: Film title. Plot: what happens in the film? Does the plot make sense? Is it easy enough to follow? Is it believable?…

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  • Michael Almereyda Hamlet Comparison Essay

    In this essay, I will discuss how Almereyda shows Hamlet in a more scrutinising light, using Hamlet’s video diaries and his room as a means of bringing Hamlet’s character closer to the audience. Other directors have previously have made choices to explore various other aspects on the original narrative of Shakespeare. In Franco Zeffrelli’s 1990 rendition it was Gertrude and Hamlet’s mother/son relationship and the family context that was the focus of the plot, the opening scene showing the…

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  • Theme Of Illusion And Reality In Twelfth Night

    Shakespeare’s comedies have always had a distinct subtext of tragedy as shown in Twelfth Night. It teeters on the brink of tragedian literature similar to his tragedies, such as Hamlet, through the ambiguity of the main characters and unfinished resolutions. Comedies are generally morally clear- the villains and heroes are clearly defined. Twelfth Night’s characters have a layer of ambiguity stemming from their use of illusion in the form of mistaken identity. A central theme of the…

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  • Afghanistan By Choice Rhetorical Analysis

    What would a person do if his or her child asks, “Will you make it back home tonight?” The easy answer would be to leave his or her country, but that decision is not simple. Afghans center their life on their culture, family, and friends so it is not easy for them to leave their homeland. In the New York Times Op-Docs series “Afghanistan by Choice,” the film director, Alexandria Bombach, appeals to pathos through the juxtaposition of settings and individuals. Her emphasis on pathos conveys the…

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  • Fortinbras's Madness In Hamlet

    Hamlet’s presentation of madness is a way to take suspicion from himself to investigate Claudius. Hamlet’s madness is performed for the sake of the other characters. His “madness” is not necessarily a psychological problem. It is more indicative of the social attitudes of the play. Fortinbras seeks to avenge the death of his father, as does Hamlet. Hamlet and Fortinbras, and later Laertes, are in the same situation. Fortinbras must reclaim the lands his father lost to Old Hamlet. He does so for…

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  • Lago's Love In Othello

    The characters in the play Othello by Shakespeare depict different attributes from revenge to love. The behavior of Lago is the subject of analysis of the essay. Lago’s attitude towards women and Othello is appalling. He feels an obligation to serve Othello while also accusing him for having an affair with his wife. In Act one, scene three, Lago believes that Othello has slept with his wife. He states; “it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets/ he has done my office” (1.iii.286). Lago is the…

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