How Soliloquies Shed Light on Shakespeare's Characters Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the soliloquies of Shakespeare's more enigmatic characters.
# 151292 | 4,284 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on May 31, 2012 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (General)

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This paper attempts to paint a more accurate picture of some of Shakespeare's more complex, enigmatic, and misunderstood characters by examining their monologues, and especially their soliloquies. The paper looks closely at the monologues and soliloquies of Romeo and Juliet, Richard III and Katherine from "The Taming of the Shrew".

Romeo and Juliet
Richard III
Kate of Kate Hall

From the Paper:

"The greatest love story ever told, according to some, is Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The two young lovers of the title, whose families are in a bitter and unexplained rivalry with each other, find happiness and togetherness only in their mutual deaths, thus tying an eternal knot that ends in what is in most interpretations an incredibly tragic yet loving moment. There is certainly a great deal of evidence that backs up this interpretation, and it is even likely that Romeo and Juliet believe, at least consciously, that this is the truth of their story. A careful examination of certain monologues in the play reveal other possibilities, however.
"Though love is typically believed to be the driving force between these two youths throughout the play, Romeo's famous monologue underneath Juliet's balcony shows a much baser interpretation--pure teenage lust. His descriptions of Juliet, though romantic sounding, are actually highly confused and inconsistent. There are only two points of real clarity, and these are when Romeo stops describing the beauty he perceives in Juliet and directly expresses his desires. From this, it is clear that Romeo certainly confuses his feelings of lust with love; when he attempts to express himself in terms of the more noble emotion his language is somewhat wandering and inconsistent, whereas when he acknowledges is true and direct desires his language is marked by a sudden and certain clarity."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Clemen, Wolfgang. A Commentary on Shakespeare's Richard III. New York: Routledge, 2005.
  • Evans, G. Blakemore and M. Tobin, eds. The Riverside Shakespeare. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
  • Rose, Herbert. A Handbook of Greek Mythology. New York: Routledge, 2005.
  • Shakespeare, William. Richard the Third. in The Riverside Shakespeare.
  • Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. in The Riverside Shakespeare.

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