Prior to Caesar, Rome was a republic ruled by elected white men. Kind of like America at the dawn of the 21st century. But in Rome during Caesar’s ascension to power, his actions seemed to point to a man making a grab to become emperor of the world. Kind of like America in the early 21st century. Unlike in modern day American, however, the Roman Senators who saw Caesar making this grab for power thought it might turn out to be a bad thing. Unlike modern day Senators who facilitate the movement from a republic to something far less, Roman Senators cared enough about keeping what kind of democracy they possessed to take whatever measures were required.
Taken on a purely literal level, the ideas involved in this scene are ludicrous: that nobody would recognize that the statue of Leonte’s wife who has supposedly been dead for sixteen years is real, that Hermione would allow herself to be imprisoned for sixteen years, and that Leontes would make a vow to a servant to never remarry. It definitely crosses the line into one of those soap opera plot devices; like when Tad Martin appeared to be die at the hands of Billy Joe Tuggle on All My Children, only to come back from the grave.
An analysis of the contributions of four of the greatest choreographers in the history of ballet.
So while John Wayne fulfilled a need to play a tough western or war movie star, virtually playing the same character over and over again, during Elizabethan times there were also actors who were always called upon to play the slapstick role or the villain or the romantic lead.
Cats is based on a collection of poems written by a man often regarded as the greatest poet of the 20th century, T.S. Eliot. The collection, titled Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, seems an unlikely source for a live-action musical, yet the success of the show quickly disproved any doubt that such a task could be accomplished.
Nothing that Hamlet says is entirely comprehensible on its surface level and the confusion his clever word play engenders makes it impossible for anyone else in Elsinore to totally accept him.
It is also important to understand that the downfall of Lady Macbeth occurs only after she has done the opposite by making the decision to finally begin questioning her amorality. Lady Macbeth only begins to lose her mind once she capitulates to the kind of moral quandary from which she earlier plucked her husband. In the wife’s case it is the decision to think too much that leads to insanity.
Hamlet’s indecision and unabiding loathing to simply confront and kill Claudius in cold blood stands in marked contrast to the white hot lust for quick and depraved violence that Laertes seeks. Laertes may be said to hearken back to the ancient traditions of an eye for an eye, while Hamlet represents a more enlightened state of mind relative to revenge.