There was an odd issue which had been troubling me for days. I brought it up during my causal discussion with people who were aware of Shakespearean literature, though not in depth. Today, strangely, Debora, a Grade IX student brought it up. I instantly gave her my best compliments. What she asked me was why … Continue reading Sorry, Shakespeare!
Illusion and Reality Illusion as a corollary of reality seems to be a favourite theme for Shakespeare. The theater itself is a world of illusion and Shakespeare talks endlessly about it. The news from the new world and the flood of Greek and Roman literature also would have influenced Shakespeare to explore this aspect of … Continue reading Illusion and Reality in Macbeth
Characters in play can be assessed by studying the following aspects What do they say, what do they do and what do others say about them What are the beliefs, values and motivations How much do they succeed in practicing what they preach Who are they made to be in conflict with or how do … Continue reading Character Analysis: Macbeth
Abraham: Father of Laban and founder of the Jewish race. Issac and Laban were his sons. Jacob was his grandson Aeneas: Greek hero, founded Rome Alcides: Hercules, Greek hero famous for his feats Antipodes: Countries on the opposite side of the globe Barrabus: Jewish criminal who was exchanged for Jesus’s life Colchos: An island where … Continue reading References to people and places in The Merchant of Venice