Shakespeare?s 10 things Essay

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1. Betrayal and revenge
2. Metaphors of death-King Lear, Merchant of Venice, Othello
3. Humor- A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It
4. Pastoral settings- Ling Lear, A midnight Summer's Dream
5. Madness and insanity- Othello, Midnight Summer?s Dream, King Lear
6. Reversal- the main character falls from a high place
7. Letters- King Lear, Merchant of Venice
8. Things are not as they appear- King Lear, Merchant of Venice,
Midsummer Night?s Dream
9. The Father/Daughter Conflict-Midsummer, King Lear, Merchant of
10. Justice- King Lear, Merchant of Venice

The Father/Daughter Conflict-
In Midnight Summers Dream, Egeus commands Hermia, his daughter, to wed
Demetrius, whom she does not love. Against the advisement of the
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is the villain in the play. It is not by accident that he is mentioned in the letter in this way.
In King Lear, Goneril plots to kill her husband through a letter to
Edmund delivered by Oswald. Edmund frames his brother Edgar with a letter that appears to conspire to kill Gloucester, their father. It is here that the audience sees how conniving and calculated Edmund really is and there is no room for sympathy of the character.

Things are not as they appear-

Disguises are tools William Shakespeare uses to hide or mask inner and outer appearances. In The Merchant of Venice, disguises are used throughout the play by different characters for varied reasons. The
?lottery of the caskets? in Merchant of Venice is an excellent example the theme; Things are not as they appear. Portia?s suitors must choose from caskets of gold, silver, and lead in order to win her hand in marriage. The choice of the lead casket not only wins the fair Portia, but it is also indicate the suitor is intelligent and of substance: not superficial and materialistic.

Raised as a Jew, Jessica disguises herself as a pageboy to cover up her identity and embark on a forbidden marriage to Lorenzo, a Christian.
This act of defiance refuses her not only her religion, but also her father, Shylock, a Jewish usurer. At the introduction of Jessica?s character, the audience may be inclined to pity the daughter of the main villain in the play, who is accused of greed and usury;
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