Evil in the Plays of William Shakespeare Analytical Essay by JakeM

Evil in the Plays of William Shakespeare
An analysis of the function and usage of evil in the plays of William Shakespeare.
# 65803 | 3,050 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on May 20, 2006 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (General)

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This paper studies Shakespeare's usage of evil in his plays. The essay attempts to reveal the function of this device by analyzing its usage in seven Shakespeare plays: "Macbeth", "Henry VI", "Hamlet", "Julius Caesar", "Richard III", "King Lear" and "Othello". The author includes complete character and plot summaries, and supports his theses with quotes from the texts.

From the Paper:

"'Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair'. Unfortunately for Steve Bartman and the 2003 Chicago Cubs, this famous phrase does not apply to baseball playoffs. William Shakespeare wrote this line to describe the relationship between good and evil in his play Macbeth. By casual definitions, good is right and evil is wrong. However, Shakespeare operated with larger concepts that go beyond passive terminology. In his works, balance, harmony, justice and righteousness represent good. Evil is represented by disorder, temptation, corruption and immorality. There is inherent tension created when these principles collide."

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