Sonnet 116 – William Shakespeare: Poem Analysis

Theme: Love & Loyalty Type: Sonnet Background Shakespeare is Britain’s most famous poet/playwright Sonnet suggests that love is forever -this didn’t conform with the idea of the time – instead of obedience/subservience it focuses on faithfulness, forgiveness and equality Language Compares (simile) love to the North Star – eternal and unchanging Paradox – he says…

Hamlet and Gertrude’s Relationship in Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’

Shakespeare presents Hamlet’s and Gertrude’s relationship as a crucial factor for the plot of the play. Gertrude is vital in fuelling Hamlet’s hatred of women as well as his drive for revenge. Her remarriage also causes Hamlet to sink into melancholy as Bradley states it provided a ‘violent shock to his moral being’. Gertrude’s remarriage…

William Shakespeare’s The Tempest: Caliban Analysis

Throughout history, the interaction between civilized people and native islanders has caused confusion and turmoil for cultures.  In The Tempest, William Shakespeare portrays the character Caliban as a savage, horrid beast and as the slave of the Westerner, Prospero.  Through Prospero’s ownership, Shakespeare views Caliban as a lesser being.  Prospero symbolizes the Western power dominating…

Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”: Theme of Love

In the play “Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare explores and illustrates the emotion of love with precise detail. According to “Webster’s New World Dictionary,” love is defined as “a strong affection or liking for someone.” Throughout the play Shakespeare examines three different types of love: true love, self love and friendship. “Twelfth Night” consists of many love…