Two wooden heads with gears colliding with each other, showing the concept of conflict.
British Literature

The Conflict between Shylock and Antonio

November 6, 2020

Even though Shylock agrees to lend money to Antonio, they are not particularly friends. Shylock hates Antonio and thinks Antonio also hates him for the same reasons. […]

The photograph shows a copy of 'The Merchant of Venice'.
British Literature

Getting to Know Shylock in ‘The Merchant of Venice’

November 5, 2020

Shylock is a Jewish character in Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’, whose Jewish characteristics are bold but perhaps derived from people’s conceptions, not reality. Even though he is not the hero, he is the most complex character in the play and a core part of it. […]

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British Literature

What Hamlet Dislikes about Gertrude and Claudius

October 13, 2020

Hamlet believes Gertrude and Claudius get married merely for lust and accuses his mother of that until she gets deeply affected. Gertrude feels guilt and regret, which Hamlet aims at from the beginning. […]

Veiled medieval woman staring out of the window of her castle.
British Literature

How Hamlet’s Mother Has Been Under-Read

October 13, 2020

Many people have described Hamlet’s mother as a dull and shallow woman who prefers to live like a happy sheep among other happy sheep. However, this is what the readers wanted Gertrude to be like, not what she really was like. […]

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British Literature

Religious Themes in Shakespeare’s Hamlet

September 30, 2020

Understanding Shakespeare’s work is impossible without considering the religious ideas underlying his plays. Throughout Hamlet, every decision is made with the supernatural in the foreground. […]

Antique book - Shakespeare published in 1890
British Literature

Understanding Hamlet Through Religious Elements

September 30, 2020

Religious themes run through all plays of Shakespeare. Being aware of these themes is key to understanding the characters and their actions. One of the essential questions regarding Hamlet’s decisions is answered in this way. […]

Painting depicts Ophelia's mysterious death.
British Literature

The Art Of Acting: Hamlet’s Advice

September 18, 2020

Hamlet is able to put stagecraft to work as the test of Claudius’s guilt. In the process, he gives an important advice to the players about acting. It is small wonder that people have often seen much of Shakespeare himself in the character of Hamlet. […]

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