English Essays

The Play and Secrets Revealed

I have spent a lot of time focusing on the main character of the story: Hamlet himself. Although there is a lot more I could say about Hamlet, another interesting and insightful view of the play can also come through other side-characters. People like King Claudius, Queen Gertrude, Laertes and Horatio can all give a… Continue reading The Play and Secrets Revealed

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The Play’s the Thing

“The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.” Hamlet utters these lines at the end of Act II, when he comes up with a plan to determine the truth of the ghost’s words. Once again, this line possesses a lot of significance and meaning into the inner workings of the prince Hamlet.… Continue reading The Play’s the Thing

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Something’s Rotten in the State of Denmark

“Something is rotten in the State of Denmark.” This famous line quoted by the minor character Marcellus in Shakespeare’s Hamlet bears great significance. The scene in which this line is uttered plays a huge role in the rest of the play. To give you a little background and context, I will set the stage: It… Continue reading Something’s Rotten in the State of Denmark

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Why We Read Shakespeare

Shakespeare was a true Artist and a great poet. He wrote both Comedy and Tragedy and was the first to ever write a historical play. Socrates once said that a great poet should be able to write both comedy and tragedy; a feat William Shakespeare attained. A Comedy is hilarious because it concerns people who are… Continue reading Why We Read Shakespeare

English Essays

The Military Goals of Oliver and Roland

The story of Roland was used to promote the importance of the Crusades. It was written around 1100 A.D, and followed the story of young Count Roland as he fought in Charlemagne’s army against the Muslims in France. Roland and his friend, Oliver are picked to lead a small group of soldiers as the rear guard… Continue reading The Military Goals of Oliver and Roland

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The Effects of Medieval Literature on the Society

There were many different manuscripts, letters, poems and songs written to and for the early Christians. What effect did this early literature and philosophy have on the medieval Christians? Did it encourage them to exercise political leadership, or instead persuade them stay away from that kind of role? In Augustine’s book, City of God he… Continue reading The Effects of Medieval Literature on the Society