The Tempest – William Shakespeare

The opening scene of the Tempest is in fact, in the middle of a violent storm. What is interesting about that is often times a storm is a symbol of tragedy in Shakespearean literature, and this play is a comedy. On the ship is King Alonso of Naples and his son Ferdinand; Antonio the Duke…

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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…

Texas v. Johnson

In 1984, during a protestation against Reagan administrative policies, Gregory Lee Johnson burned an American flag in front of the Dallas City Hall. He was tried in a Texas court and charged for desecration of the flag. After the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the conviction, the case was brought before the Supreme Court.…

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.…

Marbury v. Madison

The first time the Supreme Court ever exercised its power of judicial review was in the case of Marbury v. Madison. Judicial review is the right of the Supreme Court to declare laws passed by Congress to be null and void; if they contradicted or were in conflict with the Constitution. In 1789, Congress passed…

International Treaties and the UN Convention

What is the fundamental difference between the UN treaties and the treaties the Founding Fathers would have been familiar with? The Constitution allows us to make international treaties between countries, but there is a difference from the treaties the founding fathers were familiar with and those of today. Today we have things such as the…

Judicial Activism

"Judicial Activism: judicial rulings that are suspected of being based on personal opinion, rather than on existing law." A recent example of judicial activism is the 2010 Federal Sentencing Act: Before 2010, drug dealers would get different lengths of prison time for the amount/type of drugs in their possession. For instance, someone who had 5…

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…