Introduction to A Midsummer Night's Dream

Place of the play in Shakespeare's work A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of the most famous and successful Shakespeare's plays. The play is part of the early work of Shakespeare (1554-1616), it was written and performed in 1595-1596, just after The Taming of the Shrew and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. There is a connection between Pyramus & Thisbe and Romeo & Juliet: one character kills himself because he thought his love is dead (tragedy of misunderstanding). It proves […]

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The dramatic quality in "Macbeth"

The order of sins are always strategically ordered : In Act I scene 2, Duncan is told about Macbeth's valorous qualities and Cawdor's sins. In act I scene 3, the witches call Macbeth successively "Thane of Glamis", "Thane of Cawdor" and "King". It creates dramatic irony: we know something about the character that he still ignores. Moreover, the technique of using a prophecy, that is to say a prolepsis tends to add tension and suspense. Violence is present throughout the […]

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Introduction to Macbeth

Introduction to "Macbeth" photo

Macbeth was written by Shakespeare between 1603 and 1606, between Caesar and Hamlet. It is the story of a murderer and usurper, like Richard III or Claudius (Hamlet) from crime to crime to achieve security. Macbeth is a villain but a more humanized character compared to Richard. Macbeth is a noble and gifted man. He chooses treachery and crime, knows them for what they are and is totally aware he is doing evil. Evil is concentrated in Macbeth and Lady […]

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Jake La Motta : Raging Bull's opening speech

In voice-over, Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) speaks, as the film cuts to La Motta, alone in his dressing room where he rehearses for his nightclub appearance reciting bits of Shakespearean tragedy, wearing a tuxedo and open shirt. His fantasy of disrobing in the ring presents the film's recurrent theme of sexual anxiety, violence, fear, and confusion : I remember those cheers They still ring in my ears And for years they'll remain in my thoughts Cuz one night […]

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Picture house

Petit week-end cinéma avec Resident Evil Apocalypse, PayCheck, La mémoire dans la peau et La mort dans la peau. C'est inhabituel que j'en regarde autant mais bon... on a tous des périodes comme ça. Je viens de me rendre compte que mon site n'a pas beaucoup évolué depuis presque un mois : je suis occupé à lire mes bouquins. J'ai fini Shakespeare, ai commencé un bouquin de droit public ainsi qu'un recueil de nouvelles pour la fac. Si cela continue […]

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Rien de bien neuf cette semaine, mise à part la quantité des bouquins à lire avant la rentrée "officielle". Je pense finir mon Shakespeare demain, il ne me restera plus que quelques nouvelles à lire ensuite. J'avais une demi-heure à rien faire aujourd'hui, j'en ai donc profité pour ajouter le chapitre 24 de sociologie Division du travail et lien social. Sans quitter le registre universitaire, je suis allé me renseigner sur le crédit accordé aux étudiants pour l'achat d'un ordinateur […]

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To be, or...

... not to be : that is the question. I've just retrieved one of my old bookmark, the Complete Works of William Shakespeare, and I don't know why but I find it cool to know it has its place in my list again ;-). Links of the day : I'm still into BT this week so I'll share some more resources like the Lite Zone or IsoHunt.

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