Samuel Johnson's views are colored by the critical creed of his time, the rules of neo-classicism. In his "Preface", He firstly considers the excellence of Shakespeare, then turns to his defects.
Learn about Shakespeare's use of the oxymoron in his works. From Romeo and Juliet, to Hamlet, to Macbeth and more, The Bard used a lot of oxymora!
This hub explores various themes in Hamlet. Though, there are many themes in Hamlet, yet I have selected only those themes of Hamlet, which bear more significance in contrast to others.
This essay discusses the question of whether humans are inherently good or evil within Shakespeare's Macbeth.
An article addressing the question " Is Lady Macbeth the Fourth Witch in Macbeth?", pointing out how the question is wrong on multiple levels.
Shakespeare takes on a deeply personal tone in his sonnets. By adding themes from his 26th sonnet into a summation speech in A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare gives the work a deeper meaning and ties it to elements of his own life. He describes using his imagination to create the worlds...
Shakespearean Comedy is a kind of romantic comedy, which ends on a happy note through a matrimonial relationship between various characters. Marriage plays a vital role in a typical Shakespearean comedy. Any comedy, which follows the pattern of comedy modeled by Shakespeare in his comedies, would...
Many have wondered if William Shakespeare was merely a pseudonym of many writers combined, while others believe that Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford was the true author.
In the brief passage in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Act 2, sc. 4, lines 104-122, Viola delivers a critique of society by showing that societal expectations serve as barriers to reality. Within the bounds of what society dictates, men can express whatever feelings they desire, whereas women must...
Sonnet 18 is regarded as one of the masterpieces of William Shakespeare. It is a sonnet, which has received massive appreciation from the critics with regard to its structure and theme. It is a part of Procreation Sonnets, which includes sonnets from 1 to 126.