The Alchemist: Symbolism and Character Analysis

The Alchemist (1988) by Paulo Coelho, is a revolutionary novel about a boy realising his own predetermined fate and his journey in order to achieve it. Coelho challenges the preconceived constructs of fate, spirituality and identity, through character development and symbolism, encouraging new ways of thinking amongst the audience. Coelho incorporates the idea of ‘Personal…

The Gulling of Benedick and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare used many methods to create comedy throughout the gulling scenes. The two gulling scenes show first Benedick, then Beatrice, being tricked into thinking that the other is madly in love with them. Shakespeare succeeded in bringing different forms of amusement into the scenes, through irony and exaggeration – amongst other techniques. Together, these produce…

The Inferiority of Women in Shakespeare’s Othello

William Shakespeare in his morality play “The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice”, presents the audience with a society dominated by men, leaving women as the inferior gender. Therefore, the women in the play are subjugated to Shakespeare’s form of the patriarch within “Othello”, left to defend themselves from the male constructs. This essay…