The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare was written in the middle of 16th century. In his masterpiece a genius of words managed to reveal a serious problem of women’s social status in a lighthearted and exquisite comedy. The main values of the Elizabethan era, where the events of the comedy take place, were courtship and marriage. Moreover, the sacred Mystery of Marriage very often turned out to be just a method to obtain power, money or to deliver an inheritor. No need to say that under such conditions women were deprived of the most opportunities available for men.
Five years ago I decided to get my driving license: I enrolled on a course at a driving school, spent two months learning the traffic rules and a month driving, passed my driving test and… in less than a month got into a car accident. It was not exactly my fault, but I was definitely not experienced enough to maneuver successfully in a busy rush hour traffic. Could this accident have been prevented? For sure.
Romeo and Juliet are considered to be an example of perfect blind love – love that does not obey orders and listens only to the heart. Moreover, it was a tragic love, which did not last for long. Of course, one should not forget that they both are in heaven now and can enjoy one another for eternity. But would you like to experience such destiny yourself?
Othello is introduced to us by the author as the greatest army general in Venice. He is courageous, intelligent and honorable. Nevertheless, his nickname makes us think of him as of an uncultured, crude and coarse creature. In fact, the only problem is that, because he was born in Muslim region, he has got black skin. For this reason his marriage to beautiful Desdemona, the daughter of a prominent Venetian, provokes racial slurs against him.
Our century is called the age of information. Nowadays you can hardly imagine one being able to live a single day without watching TV or reading a newspaper in order to find out the latest news. But how are the “hottest” news items selected and presented for us as something worth paying attention to? Editors’ numerous concerns can be confined to three key factors.
Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare,which has remained popular among the readers, actors, directors and theater-goers for more than four centuries. So, what is it that makes it so distinguished?
Measure for Measure is one of the most unusual plays of Shakespeare. It was originally considered to be a comedy. However, the text is so cynical and gloomy that it is often referred to as a problem play or a “black comedy”.
Traditionally, most societies considered a man as a breadwinner responsible for the material well-being of his family, whereas a woman performed the role of a hearth keeper in charge of the children and home. However, the situation have changed considerably in the last several decades: men now participate more actively in the upbringing process starting from being present at child’s birth and finishing with some babysitting if their wives choose to pursue a career. However, many people still believe that women are better at parenting than men.
Macbeth is considered to be one of the most unusual and mysterious tragedies of Shakespeare. Being one of the very few plays, which was never performed while Shakespeare was alive, and the shortest of his plays, it is notorious among actors as the most unlucky theatrical works. Another peculiarity of Macbeth is that it focuses on the theme of the evil, but with a peculiar difference.
King Lear is one of the world’s most brilliant insights into the weaknesses of a human being. The main theme of Shakespeare’s tragedy is the corruption of the human soul by the unlimited power and authority and self-destruction, which results from it.