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

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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

More than a Samurai flick: The cutting style of Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 film Rashômon has been captivating Western and Japanese audiences alike with its unconventional storytelling of a non-linear narrative. The story structure of Rashômon was considered a breakthrough in cinema for its time, and its influence continues more than half a century on still inspiring modern films and television shows from Star Trek … Continue reading More than a Samurai flick: The cutting style of Kurosawa

Pharaoh Akhenaten: Eccentric, Philosopher, Artist, Living God and Prophet

The Amarna period was marked by the inauguration of Akhenaten, the prince formerly known as Amenhotep IV. Succeeding his father Amenhotep III, Akhenaten then reigned for 17 years married to the famously beautiful Nefertiti. In those 17 years he revolutionised Egyptian culture, enacting great changes in religion, art, and politics. Akhenaten also created a new … Continue reading Pharaoh Akhenaten: Eccentric, Philosopher, Artist, Living God and Prophet