Category Posts : Drama and Theater

Customs of Elizabethan England in The Taming of the Shrew

Drama and Theater / April 23, 2015 / No Comments

This paper details the background of Elizabethan England in Shakespeare’s time, in which there were many rigid standards for social customs and marital traditions, but the Reformation was encouraging women to be more independent and to control their own lives, resulting in the emergence of a new Renaissance woman. It is this conflict of ideas that is played out in The Taming of the Shrew and an understanding of the times as put forth in this paper, along with parallel examples from the text, adds to a richer understanding of the play. Contrary to young Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, the average age for brides of the time was twenty-four, …..

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Moliere

Drama and Theater / April 23, 2015 / No Comments

Examines French playwright’s exposure of evils of his society through his comedies, incl. `Le Tartuffe,` `Le Misanthrope,` `Le Bourgeois Gentleman.`

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Vision and Blindness in Shakespeare’s King Lear

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This essay takes a look at how a Structuralist would view the main characters weaving through the plot of King Lear. Structuralists believe that there is a structure (that can be located) in every piece of literature that makes the plot happen; without structure there would be no story. The first line of this paper is: The continuous reiteration of references, both explicit and implicit, to vision and blindness in King Lear renders its resultant symbolism an obviously necessary part of the play’s construction. The paper goes on to prove that if Lear hadn’t lost his physical eyesight and gained a spiritual kind of sight, there would be no story. …..

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