Research Papers on Shakespeare

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Research Papers on Shakespeare

Click on any of the term papers to read a brief synopsis of the research paper. The essay synopsis includes the number of pages and sources cited in the paper.

  • Jealousy in Othello

    A 3 page essay that discusses jealousy in Shakespeare's Othello. Jealousy, both professional jealousy and sexual jealousy, plays is the primary motivational force portrayed by Shakespeare in Othello. While Shakespeare focuses primarily on Othello's sexual jealousy as his motivation for the murder of his wife, Desdemona, behind Othello's actions are the manipulations of Iago, which are motivated by professional jealousy. In other words, throughout the play, in general, Shakespeare warns his audience against the insidiously evil effect of jealousy. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Shakespeare/Sonnet 73

    A 3 page explication of “Sonnet 73” by William Shakespeare. In addition to his plays, Williams Shakespeare is famous for his beautiful sonnets. In “Sonnet 73” Shakespeare presents three metaphors that collectively show his gradual acceptance of his progression towards death. Each metaphor illustrates his understanding and conceptualization of death, and culminates in an appeal that the recipient of the poem will allow this knowledge to make his love for the poet stronger as death will surely soon part them. No additional sources cited.

  • The Poet’s Use of Shakespeare’s Themes in the Sonnets

    The writer argues that the Poet/Narrator of Shakespeare’s sonnets (who is not to be confused with Shakespeare) uses Shakespeare’s favorite themes of beauty, love and aging to make his points. There are three sources listed in the bibliography of this five page paper.

  • Shakespeare Films

    3 pages that compares two Shakespeare films. There are 2 sources.

  • Research on Shakespeare’s Othello

    A 9 page paper which examines research on Shakespeare’s Othello. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Kingship and Leadership in Shakespeare’s Richard II

    A 4 page paper which examines how Shakespeare explores kingship and leadership in his play Richard II. No additional sources cited.

  • Analysis of Hamlet

    A 6 page paper which analyzes various elements in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Recurring Imagery: Hamlet

    A 4 page paper which examines recurring imagery in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. No additional sources cited.

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare and Gertrude II

    In four pages this paper presents a psychological analysis of Queen Gertrude as portrayed by William Shakespeare in Hamlet.

  • Miranda in The Tempest by William Shakespeare

    In five pages the function and purpose served by Miranda's character in The Tempest by William Shakespeare are analyzed.

  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Subversiveness

    In five pages this report examines the acquisition of power in Macbeth by William Shakespeare in this analysis of how subversiveness was depicted.

  • 'What is Man?' and William Shakespeare's King Lear

    In four pages the question regarding the nature of man is examined within the context of William Shakespeare's King Lear.

  • Shakespeare: Sonnet 73

    This 4 page paper explicates and explains Shakespeare's Sonnet 73. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Sonnets and Poems

    This 4 page paper discusses Sonnet 130 by Shakespeare and Robert Frost’s “Fire and Ice.” Bibliography lists 6 sources

  • Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare

    In eight pages this paper presents a description and analysis of this sonnet by William Shakespeare.

  • Prospero in The Tempest by William Shakespeare

    In six pages this paper considers any similarities between William Shakespeare and the character Prospero in an analysis of The Tempest.

  • Shakespeare/Sonnets 73 and 130

    A 3 page essay that analyzes these two sonnets. William Shakespeare is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest masters of the English language who ever lived. Examination of two of his sonnets, Sonnets 73 and 130, demonstrates this expertise in regards to Shakespeare's use of metaphor, alliteration, enjambment and imagery. No additional sources cited.

  • Racism in Othello

    A 10 page research paper/essay that explores how racism is an overt factor in Shakespeare's Othello. The writer argues that the Elizabethan cultural background necessarily informs and shapes the meaning of the play because Shakespeare would naturally have written within his own cultural framework. This examination of Othello explores this thesis and, in so doing, it takes a post-colonial approach to criticism as this literary theory encompasses how "knowledge of subordinate people is produced and used" (Post-colonialism). Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Feminism in Shakespeare and Aristophanes

    This paper examines various forms of feminism seen in two works by Shakespeare's, Midsummer Night's Dream, and Aristophanes', Lysistrata. The author contends that Aristophanes' idea of feminism was in fact unfeminine, while Shakespeare's vision was a bit irrational. This eight page paper has no additional sources listed in the bibliography.

  • Maturity in the Relatoinship of Romeo and Juliet

    This research paper/essay analyzes the relationship of Romeo and Juliet in the famous Shakespeare play. The writer argues that Shakespeare pictures Juliet as helping Romeo to mature in his conception of a romatnic relationship and, therefore, their love is genuine, and not simply adolescent infatuation. The writer also addressses a review of the play as performed by the Actors from the London Stage. This five page paper has two sources in the bibliography.

  • Hamlet, Was He Insane?

    A 3 page essay that explores Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in order to answer the question of whether Hamlet was truly mad. The writer argues that Hamlet was not meant to be perceived as mad, that is, insane, but rather Shakespeare meant him to be perceived as melancholic (i.e., depressed), which the Elizabethans perceived as a character flaw. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Handkerchief Significance in William Shakespeare's Othello

    In four pages this essay analyzes the tragic play Othello in a consideration of the important role the handkerchief plays. There are no other sources listed. A 4 page essay that discusses the significance of the handkerchief in Shakespeare's Othello. In the history of the theater, the argument can easily be made that there has never been a prop as instrumental to the substance of a play as Desdemona's handkerchief is to the action of Shakespeare's Othello. This prop becomes symbolic to Othello of Desdemona's supposed infidelity, which is precisely what Iago intends. Iago's manipulation of the handkerchief provides Othello's military mind with his supposed "proof" of Desdemona's betrayal and precipitates Othello's tragic subsequent actions. Examination of the play demonstrates the pivotal importance of this prop and how the action and the thematic substance hinge on this one image. No other sources cited.

  • Shakespeare and the Cost of Power

    In a paper of three pages, the writer looks at the cost of power in Shakespeare's tragedies. Richard III, As You Like It, and the Merchant of Venice, are examined for their thematic perceptions of power. Paper uses three sources.

  • Do Not Speak the Speech, I Pray You

    The writer discusses some of the differences between Franco Zefirelli’s Hamlet with Mel Gibson in the title role and Shakespeare’s play. The film deletes over half the text. There are two sources listed in the bibliography of this seven page paper.

  • Queen Elizabeth and Richard the Third

    In five pages this paper examines the historical relationship between these two monarchs as glimpsed by William Shakespeare's plays and argues that Queen Elizabeth is able of cunningly outsmart Richard because she regards him as an equal and does not fear him. There are no other sources cited.

  • If Shakespeare Wrote Science Fiction, Ariel Would Use a Transporter

    This 4 page paper discusses five short science fiction stories and what it is about each of them that classifies them as being in that genre. It also suggests ways in which Shakespeare could use science fiction techniques and themes to rewrite his play “The Tempest” as a screenplay for Spielberg to direct. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Science Fiction Shakespeare

    This 4 page paper comprises a memo to Shakespeare suggesting he write a science fiction screenplay based on the character of Ariel in “The Tempest,” and then it discusses five stories and what makes them science fiction tales. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Hamlet: Righteous or Unrighteous

    A 7 page paper which examines whether or not Shakespeare’s Hamlet is righteous or unrighteous. The paper focuses on how Hamlet is righteous. No additional sources cited.

  • Madness of Prince Hamlet of Denmark

    In three pages this paper analyzes what is meant by Prince Hamlet's 'antic disposition' remark in the first act of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. One source is cited in the bibliography.

  • The Ambition of Lady Macbeth

    This 11 page paper examines Shakespeare's classic work. It is claimed that Lady Macbeth's ambitions take center stage as her husband is psychologically manipulated into committing a murder for the gain of the throne. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Dreams, Magic, and the Difficulty of Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

    In four pages this paper examines how these themes are featured in the comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. Two other sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Langston Hughes/Critical Response to 2 Poems

    A 9 page research paper that discusses 2 poems by Langston Hughes (1902-1967), who has been termed the “Shakespeare of Harlem,” as he is credited with some of the finest poetry to emerge from that “great flowering of African-American literature known as the Harlem Renaissance” (Sundquist 55). Two of his poems, “Harlem,” which is also known under the title “Dream Deferred,” and “I, Too, Sing America” exemplify the radical protest spirit that characterizes a great deal of Hughes’ verse. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Love or Lust in 'Romeo and Juliet'

    In an essay of 5 pages, the paper considers whether the attraction between Shakespeare's star crossed lovers was physical attraction or true that was rooted in youth or lasting love, with the contention that the extreme passion was age related which contributed to the tragic outcome. There are no additional sources in the bibliography.

  • Shakespeare, Love, and Loyalty

    In five pages this report examines the plays Love's Labor's Lost and A Midsummer Night's Dream in terms of William Shakespeare's depiction of love relationships and the loyalty ideal. There are no other sources listed.

  • Literary and Poetic Examples of True Love

    This 5 page paper gives examples of true love as described in works of literature and poetry. The writer discusses Sonnet 116 by Shakespeare; Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem How Do I Love Thee?; The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud; True Love by Judith Viorst and Love Poem by Linda Pastan. No other sources listed.

  • Madame Butterfly and Othello, Themes Compared

    Masks and weaknesses are two themes permeating Othello by William Shakespeare and M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang. This paper compares and contrasts these themes, dealing specifically with controlling a weaker person through manipulation and hiding one's weakness with masks.This paper has five pages and six sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Character Study of Hamlet

    This essay presents a discussion of Hamlet's character. The writer argues that Shakespeare's characterization of Hamlet focuses on the prince's indecision and that Hamlet needed the motivation provided by intense emotion in order to engage in violence. Three pages in length, 1 source is cited.

  • Othello Themes

    This is a paper that discusses the themes of jealousy, betrayal and tragedy in Othello by Shakespeare. There are three sources in this seven page paper.

  • Iago's Devices in Othello by William Shakespeare

    In six pages this paper examines the dramatic irony of Iago's devices that are used to ignite Othello's fiery jealousy in this tragedy by William Shakespeare.

  • Jealousy, the 'Green-Eyed Monster' and William Shakespeare's Othello

    The depiction of jealousy in William Shakespeare's tragedy Othello is the focus of this thematic analysis consisting of 5 pages. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

  • Hamlet & Oedipus

    A 4 page essay that contrasts and compares the characters of Hamlet and Oedipus. Despite being separated by the passage of centuries, as well as differences in language and culture, Sophocles’ portrayal of Oedipus and Shakespeare’s depiction of Hamlet bear similarities, as well as the innumerable differences that one would expect. The similarities revolve around themes common to both plays, such as incest and the use of symbolism, while the differences largely involve the specifics of characterization. No additional sources cited.

  • The Power of Language in "The Tempest" and "The Birthday Party"

    This 3 page paper discusses the way Shakespeare and Pinter use language in their plays "The Tempest" and "The Birthday Party." Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Students and Teachers in The Tempest and Frankenstein

    This paper consists of three pages and considers student and teacher relationships and the role conformity plays in an analysis of the characters of Caliban and Prospero in The Tempest by William Shakespeare and the creature and Dr. Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. There are no other sources cited.

  • Marlowe's Dr. Faustus and Shakespeare's Macbeth

    This essay is on "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare and "Doctor Faustus" by Christopher Marlowe. The writer asserts that the centrality of character in each play stands in stark opposition to Aristotle's assertion that plot is more significant than character in the nature of a tragedy. Seven pages in length, only the primary sources are cited.

  • Drama Then and Now

    In five pages drama is considered in the works Wit by Margaret Edson, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, and Medea by Euripides. There are no other sources cited.

  • Pompey in Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

    In five pages this paper analyzes the importance of the secondary character Pompey in Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare and Its Problems

    In eight pages this paper discusses the problems of poor play construction and a muddled theme and concept as they pertain to Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare. Sixteen sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Cleopatra and Antony's Love Affair

    In six pages this paper examines the passion and commitment of the love relationship between the protagonists of Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Romeo and Juliet

    A 5 page paper which examines Romeo and Juliet fro Shakespeare’s play in relationship to similarities and differences. The paper examines fate, foreshadowing and hate. No additional sources cited.

  • Romeo and Juliet and Fate in Elizabethan England

    In 6 pages Elizabethan concepts of fate are examined within the context of The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Henry the Fifth and Kingship

    In six pages this research paper examines the concept of kingship as represented in the historical play Henry V by William Shakespeare and also includes as a supporting reference Kingship, Law and Society Criminal Justice in the Reign of Henry V by Edward Powell. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • War and Propaganda

    In six pages this paper discusses how propaganda is used by leaders for the purposes of rallying support for war with the examples of Henry the Fifth's efforts to snag the throne of France win William Shakespeare's Henry V and George W. Bush with the Iraq war used. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Murdering a Friend in William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

    This paper examines why Marcus Brutus would murder his friend Julius Caesar in a five page analysis of William Shakespeare's historical play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Fate in Romeo and Juliet

    This research paper explores the theme of fate within Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and the writer argues that this theme is central to ghe play and that this fact is most notable through examination of dialogue. This five page paper has five sources in the bibliography.

  • Orchestral, Opera, and Dance Versions of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

    This paper examines Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as interpreted by the ballet of Prokofiev, the 'Fantasy Overture on Romeo and Juliet' by Tchaikovsky, and the opera by Charles Gounod in four pages. There is no bibliography included.

  • William Shakespeare's King Lear and Love

    In ten pages this paper analyzes unconditional and conditional love as it is featured in King Lear by William Shakespeare with the primary emphasis on the characters of Cordelia and her father King Lear. Seven sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Double Plot Analysis of William Shakespeare's King Lear

    In five pages the dual plots that propel the action of King Lear by William Shakespeare, those of Lear and his daughters and Gloucester and his sons are analyzed. There are no other sources listed.

  • Blindness of Shakespeare Characters Gloucester, King Lear, and Othello

    In five pages this paper examines the blindness in the William Shakespeare characters Lear and Gloucester featured King Lear and within the title protagonist Othello. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Dress as a Representation of Human Sexuality and Gender

    This 5 page paper discusses "Assaulted and Pursued Chastity" by Margaret Cavendish and "The Taming of the Shrew" by Shakespeare and how they use dress to represent human sexuality and gender relationships. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare and Xenophobia

    Xenophobia and anti Semitism are examined in this analysis of Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare consisting of eight pages. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Romeo and Juliet, The Power of Love

    This essay discusses the nature of love and the interplay between love and violence that occurs in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Three pages in length, two sources are cited.

  • An Inductive Analysis of Macbeth: The Use of Paradoxical Language

    In a paper of fifteen pages, the writer looks at Lady Macbeth's I.v soliloquy in Shakespeare's "Macbeth". Utilizing inductive analysis, the thematic value of paradoxical language is emphasized. Paper uses two sources.

  • Psychological Victimization of William Shakespeare's Protagonist in Macbeth

    In five pages this paper examines how the witches and Lady Macbeth psychologically victimize Macbeth in this analysis of Shakespeare's tragic play. There are no other sources cited.

  • Shakespearean Conflict in Macbeth and Othello

    In ten pages the 'spin' and 'counterspin' that keeps the action in these two William Shakespeare tragedies moving are discussed in terms of the significance of primary characters Macbeth and Othello and the dark significance of Lady Macbeth and Iago.

  • Short Essay Responses to Questions About Othello by William Shakespeare

    In seven pages this paper answers questions regarding characters Iago, Othello, and Desdemona featured in William Shakespeare's Othello. There is no bibliography included.

  • The Element of Tragedy as Presented in Literature

    This paper presents the argument Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman presents more as a tragedy than does William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Othello or his The Moore of Venice. This paper has seven pages and six sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Romeo's Fatal Flaw in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

    In five pages this paper analyzes Romeo Montague's fatal personality flaw as depicted in the tragic play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Three sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Romeo's Character Development in William Shakespeare's Scene Changes in Romeo and Juliet

    This paper consists of six pages and examines Shakespeare's The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in a consideration of how Romeo's character is developed through changing scenes. There are no other sources listed.

  • Wives' Lives in Othello and A Doll's House

    In five pages this paper discusses the similarities and differences in wifely roles between Desdemona in William Shakespeare's Othello and Nora Helmer in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Playwright and Sonneteer William Shakespeare's Life and Writings

    In five pages William Shakespeare's life and writings are discussed. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Historical Importance of William Shakespeare's Works

    In ten pages William Shakespeare's life is examined and his sonnets and plays are assessed for their historical importance and include such criteria as definition, description, contrast and comparison, cause and effect, classification, and process. Fifteen sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • The Tempest as a Reflection of the Life and Times of William Shakespeare

    This paper examines how William Shakespeare's life and the times in which he lived are represented in his last play The Tempest in eight pages. Seven sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Juliet's Images in Film Versions of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

    In five pages this essay discusses how women's social status is reflected in the images of Juliet in the balcony scenes in the 1968 and 1996 film adaptations of Romeo and Juliet. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • William Shakespeare's The Tempest and King Lear and Sibling Rivalry

    In six pages this paper considers how sibling rivalry is thematically portrayed in these two Shakespearean plays. Three other sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Comedy and Tragedy Distinctions in Measure for Measure and Hamlet by William Shakespeare

    Distinguishing comedy from tragedy in these Shakespearean plays is the focus of this paper consisting of 5 pages.

  • Character Greatness in the Tragedies of William Shakespeare

    In five pages this paper examines how in the Shakespearean tragedies Othello, Hamlet, and Romeo and Juliet, the protagonists' greatness are emphasized by the tragic circumstances into which they are placed. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare: Masking Characters Intentions in Act III

    The masks hiding concealment, falsehood, and betrayal in the intentions of Lady Macbeth, Banquo, and King Macbeth in Act III of this Shakespearean tragedy are analyzed in a paper consisting of 3 pages. One source is cited in the bibliography.

  • Disorder and the Chain of Being in Shakespeare's "Macbeth"

    In a paper of four pages, the writer looks at the theme of disorder in "Macbeth". Macbeth's ascension and Lady Macbeth's madness provide examples of disorder and the disruption of the Elizabethan chain of being. Paper uses one source.

  • William Shakespeare's King Lear and Dante's 'Inferno' Compared

    In a paper consisting of five pages King Lear and 'Inferno' are compared in terms of their differences and similarities.

  • Rembrandt's Self Portrait, William Shakespeare's King Lear and Their Portrayals of Old Age

    In five pages this paper discusses how two different art forms depict the same topic - old age.

  • Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare and the Eulogy to Mark Antony by Cleopatra Interpretation

    In five pages this paper analyzes Cleopatra's observation during her eulogy to Mark Antony 'His delights / were dolphinlike, they showed his back above / The element they lived in' (V.ii.88-90). Eight sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Deaths of Cleopatra and Juliet in William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra and Romeo and Juliet

    In eight pages the deaths of these female characters are contrasted and compared. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Searching from the Hero Within in Hamlet by William Shakespeare

    In four pages plus an outline of one page this paper discusses the revenge Hamlet takes regarding the death of his father and his relationships with others with various film interpretations of Hamlet also considered. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing and Issues of Gender and Loyalty

    In six pages this essay discusses the gender equality featured in these Shakespearean plays and also examines how the Bard portray women as displaying loyalty and intelligence that equals that of their male counterparts. There are no other sources listed.

  • Othello by William Shakespeare and Jealousy

    In five pages this paper examines how the playwright employs the thematic tool of jealousy throughout the tragic Othello. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • William Shakespeare's Infamous Couple Lord and Lady Macbeth

    In four pages this essay discusses the similarities between Macbeth and his life in terms of murderous ambition. There are no other sources listed.

  • William Shakespeare's Macbeth and Hamlet A Comparative Analysis

    In 4 pages this paper compares the protagonists in terms of their life situations and problems. There are no additional sources are listed.

  • Othello by William Shakespeare and 3 Different Perspectives

    In two and a half pages this paper considers whether or not Othello was victimized by culture, whether Iago's intellectual superiority fooled Othello, and how the evil Iago exploited Othello's virtue and strength in this critical play analysis. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Gender Roles, Arranged Marriages and Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

    In five pages this paper discusses how arranged marriages oppressed women in this analysis of these two literary works. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

 

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