Research Papers on All Shakespeare

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  • Oedipus Complex and Hamlet: 'Love Thy Mother

    In five pages this paper examines Acts I through III of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet within the context of Ernest Jones’ essay ‘Hamlet’s Oedipus Complex.’ Two sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Jealousy in Othello

    A 3 page essay that discusses jealousy in Shakespeare's Othello. Jealousy, both professional jealousy and sexual jealousy, plays is the primary motivational force portrayed by Shakespeare in Othello. While Shakespeare focuses primarily on Othello's sexual jealousy as his motivation for the murder of his wife, Desdemona, behind Othello's actions are the manipulations of Iago, which are motivated by professional jealousy. In other words, throughout the play, in general, Shakespeare warns his audience against the insidiously evil effect of jealousy. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Macbeth and Doctor Faustus

    A 10 page paper which examines how the character of Doctor Faustus is not a character we can sympathize with or even pity, unlike Macbeth whom we can pity and have sympathy for. No additional sources cited.

  • Comparative Analysis of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe and Hamlet by William Shakespeare

    In five pages this comparative analysis considers how both protagonists regard redemption and how they are conflicted by their moral concepts of good and evil in these respective plays. There are no additional sources in the bibliography.

  • ''The Phoenix and the Turtle' by William Shakespeare

    A 3 page paper which examines Shakespeare's poem "The Phoenix and the Turtle." Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Comparative Analysis of Sonnet 23 and Sonnet 147 by William Shakespeare

    A 9 page essay that contrasts and compares Shakespeare's use of figuratively language in Sonnets 23 and 147. These sonnets focus on the dark side of love and the excruciating torment that it can bring when love is unrequited or undeserved. The writer also points out where the poems are different in context, as Sonnet 23 still holds out hope for the poet while Sonnet 147 contemplates the utter ruin of an affair. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Shakespeare/My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun

    A 4 page essay that explicates this poem by discussing Shakespeare's satirical take on Petrarchan conventions. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Figurative Language in Shakespeare and Cavendish

    A 5 page paper which examines the use of figures of speech to develop the themes of death and nature, considering the different effects of this language, and how it contributes to the overall impact of each poem. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Suicide or Murder of Ophelia in William Shakespeare's Hamlet

    A 4 page paper which examines the death of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, discussing whether it was murder or suicide. Bibliography lists 4 additional sources.

  • "Hamlet" and Suicide as an Important Theme

    In three pages this paper examines how suicide is used in the moral, religious, and aesthetic thematic development of the play, presents an analysis of two crucial statements from Hamlet about suicide, and then considers why the protagonist ultimately believes that while humans are capable of suicide, they choose to live despite the cruelties, pain, and injustices of the world. Three sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Hamlet and the Attractive Prospect of Suicide

    In eight pages this paper analyzes Hamlet’s attraction to suicide as a solution to his problems and how death is presented in imagery and in some of Prince’s soliloquies in William Shakespeare’s tragic play. Two sources are listed in the bibliography

  • Jealousy and Love in William Shakespeare's Othello

    A 6 page research paper that examines how the love of Othello and Desdemona could end in the tragedy of murder/suicide. The writer explains the influence of Iago and the insidious nature of evil, as well as the motivational forces that propelled the play towards its tragic end. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • In Defense of Brutus

    A 3 page essay that is fashioned as if Brutus did not commit suicide, and the writer is offering a defense of his actions based on Shakespeare's play. No additional sources cited.

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare and the Influence of Seneca

    This 3 page paper describes Seneca's influence on Shakespeare's play "Hamlet," with particular regard to revenge, supernatural happenings, and suicide. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Othello by William Shakespeare and the Tragic Flaw of Love

    A 5 page paper which examines how Othello's excessive love for Desdemona led to his own downfall. No additional sources are used.

  • William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Deadly Character Flaws

    A 5 page paper which examines several characters from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and discusses how their personal flaws led them to death. The characters discussed are Hamlet, Polonius, and Ophelia. No additional sources cited.

  • Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare and the Association Between Nature and Law

    This is a 5 page paper discussing the relationship between law and nature in Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”. William Shakespeare’s play “Measure for Measure” examines the constantly shifting relationship between law and nature within the setting of Vienna. The law that no man must lay with a woman who is not his wife had long been established yet not enforced until Angelo the Lord Deputy decides to sentence Claudio, a young gentleman for impregnating his lover. Claudio shifts the relationships between nature and law, and natural law several times in his arguments to save his life. He sees man’s laws as flexible and man’s nature as virtuous. At the same time, Claudio views death and nature as lawless; which terrifies him. Angelo, on the other hand, has little sense of the natural lust and love which can occur in man and has little problem applying the law forbidding such encounters. After meeting Isabella however, Claudio’s virtuous sister, Angelo’s faith in the law alters as he readily breaks the law he is so willing to enforce on others. Isabella is virtuous and sees sinning as against natural law and devises ways in which she can save her virtue, condemn Angelo for his own lawlessness and sin while at the same time saving her brother. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Three Film Versions of Richard III

    This 4 page paper discusses three screen adaptations of the play, and compares them to the conclusions reached in the text. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night/On Film

    A 7 page research paper/essay that discusses 2 film adaptations. While there are numerous film adaptations of Shakespeare’s tragedies, the Bard’s comedies have proven to be notoriously difficult to translate successfully to the screen (Crowl 69). However, Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing (1993) and Trevor Nunn’s Twelfth Night (1996) successfully overcome the challenges inherent in a film adaptation of a Shakespearean comedy, as both films were artistically and commercially successful. First of all, these films overcome the problems of translating the plays from the restrictive confines of the stage to the visual options available in film. They also combine aspects of Hollywood storytelling and cinematic technique that are familiar to modern audiences with Shakespeare text and, thereby, imbue the classic plays with fresh energy and postmodern aesthetic. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • A Review of the 1965 Film The Greatest Othello?

    This 4 page report discusses Sir Laurence Olivier's 1965 film version of Shakespeare's "Othello." The film is something of a hybrid in that it is actually a filming of the stage production by the National Theatre of Great Britain. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Stage and Screen Adaptations of Hamlet by William Shakespeare

    This 5 page report discusses Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and the statement made by Bert O. States that analogous techniques are at work in the art of the film director, for "Shakespearean cinematography makes use of the same device (as employed by film directors) for advancing character ambiguity by framing the character against the rhetorical sky of the play's world." Issues of location, whether expressionistic (as in Olivier's stage portrayal) or realistic (as in director Franco Zeffirelli's film version). Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Rewriting History with William Shakespeare's 'Richard the Third'

    An 8 page paper which examines how Shakespeare’s Richard III rewrites history by portraying him as little more than a deformed and evil caricature despite his intelligence, cunning, and psychological astuteness. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • History Plays of William Shakespeare

    An 8 page research paper that discusses Shakespeare's ten history plays constitute a substantial portion of his canon. The main body of these plays cover the years 1398 to 1485, with two additional plays, King John and Henry VIII, forming, respectively, a prologue and an epilogue to this period (Sen Gupta 55). These eight plays offer a survey of English history that begins in the last years of the reign of Richard II and end with the death of Richard III. The following survey of Shakespeare's history plays looks at where they fit in the Shakespeare's conception of English history and their historical accuracy. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • The Use of Critical Sources in Understanding Works of Shakespeare

    In this 5 page essay, the writer recounts how remarkably important critical sources (i.e., books, articles, etc;) were in helping them to understand various plays of Shakespeare and truly appreciate them. The writer presents what they "got" from plays like Macbeth, Othello, & King Lear on their own, and then to what subtle points other authors helped them open their eyes. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Revenge as a Theme in Literature

    This 6 page paper compares the way in which the revenge theme is handled by Shakespeare in Hamlet, Poe in "The Cask of Amontillado" and Robert Browning in "My Last Duchess." Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Shakespeare’s Influence in English Literature and Language

    This 10 page paper discusses Shakespeare’s influence on the English language and literature. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Derrida, Literature and “Midsummer Night’s Dream”

    This 10 page paper examines Derrida’s theory of literature and whether or not it is useful in teaching the subject; it also touches on how it might be applied to Shakespeare’s wonderful comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Characterization as a Literary Technique

    This 5 page paper examines the way in which authors use characterization to intrigue readers. It uses “Hamlet,” “Othello” and “The Story of an Hour” as examples. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Literature Sampler

    This 10 page paper discusses four different fictional works, including two plays, Macbeth and The Hairy Ape, and two short stories, The Necklace and The Cabuliwallah. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Tragic Themes in Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, Sophocles' Antigone and William Shakespeare's Macbeth

    This 5 page report discusses the common themes that exist in these three works of literature. Great tragic literature carries with it certain common themes that define it as tragedy and which then allows the reader to understand that there is a greater story being outlined than just the one of the characters presented in a single story. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Renaissance Culture: Donatello, Michelangelo and Shakesepare

    A 5 page paper which examines what art and literature tells us about Renaissance culture. The works examined are Donatello’s St. George and David, Michelangelo’s David, and Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part One. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • If Shakespeare Wrote Science Fiction, Ariel Would Use a Transporter

    This 4 page paper discusses five short science fiction stories and what it is about each of them that classifies them as being in that genre. It also suggests ways in which Shakespeare could use science fiction techniques and themes to rewrite his play “The Tempest” as a screenplay for Spielberg to direct. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Homosexuality and Friendships in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

    In four pages this paper discusses the relationships in Shakespeare’s comedy as a way of determining whether or not a homosexual component exists. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Hamlet: Sexuality, Anxiety, and Madness

    In three pages this paper discusses whether or not Hamlet was truly mad and also examines the sexuality and anxiety exhibited in Act I, Scene III of William Shakespeare' tragic play. Two sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Race, Gender and Sexuality in "Othello"

    This 8 page paper discusses the issue of race in "Othello," and how it impacts perceptions of gender and sexuality in the play. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Music During the Elizabethan Period of William Shakespeare

    This 6 page paper discusses music from the Elizabethan era. Specifically, music within Shakespearean plays is discussed in terms of insturments, how music compliments the acting, etc. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Sexuality and the Sonnets of William Shakespeare

    This 13 page paper discusses Shakespeare's sonnets, specifically numbers 18 and 130, with regard to the sexuality found therein. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Comparing Laurence Olivier's 1948 Film 'Hamlet' with William Shakespeare's Play

    A 4 page paper which compares and contrasts the two versions by specifically discussing any additions or deletions made in the transference of the play to film and weighs their appropriateness and value, considers the quality of the acting, settings, costumes, background music and cinematography, and contains a reaction to these differing productions. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • The Ghost of Hamlet's Father

    This 3 page paper discusses Elizabethan theology and argues that the idea that Hamlet's father has unfinished business is the best explanation for the presence of the ghost in the play. Bibliography lists 3 sources.


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