Elegy written in a Country Church-yard – Analysis & Meaning

Melancholy dominates the emotional mood throughout “Elegy Written in a Country Church-yard” by the poet Thomas Gray, which is appropriate for the genre of elegy. However, though the requisite of mourning is present, ancient elegies are sung for fallen heroes or great beauties that are the subject of epics and myths — and not the … Continue reading Elegy written in a Country Church-yard – Analysis & Meaning

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Dreams of: iiii (i/iii)

These entries have evidently become more than just a dream journal to me, which has become more obvious with each successive entry. In fact, this entry will not feature a single dream but instead will focus on the story of the soundest sleep that I have ever had, it was a dreamless sweet abyss. I … Continue reading Dreams of: iiii (i/iii)

Shakespeare and Marlowe: The flouting of magic and genre

The timeless appeal of Shakespeare’s plays may owe their popularity to his apparent lack of interest in maintaining genre. His plays appear to reject the blasé conventions, as reality does more often than not, that plagued his contemporaries as well as the popular film, literature, and theatre of our current era. However, I would argue … Continue reading Shakespeare and Marlowe: The flouting of magic and genre

Shakespeare’s Henry V: The common man’s role in history, war and politics

The selected passage is taken from the very beginning of Act 2 of Henry V. It is directly after Henry V has declared war on France, and ends as Nym and Ancient Pistol draw irons. The Chorus invokes an enthusiastic response to the story’s progression, encouraging and guiding the audience’s emotional response to the events … Continue reading Shakespeare’s Henry V: The common man’s role in history, war and politics

Hamlet’s Character Transformation

"For all his talk, Hamlet’s state of mind and motivations are no clearer at the end of Hamlet than they were at the beginning.” Evaluate this proposition playing close attention to relevant aspects of dramatic technique in Shakespeare’s play, including discussion of at least three of Prince Hamlet's soliloquies. To evaluate Hamlet’s state of mind and motivations … Continue reading Hamlet’s Character Transformation