"Measure for Measure" & "Henry IV Part I" Comparison Essay by JPWrite
"Measure for Measure" & "Henry IV Part I"
A comparison of two of Shakespeare's plays, "Measure for Measure" and "Henry IV Part I".
# 65686 | 1,300 words | 0 sources | 2006 |
Published on May 15, 2006 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Literature (Comparative Literature) , Shakespeare (General)
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This paper analyzes, compares and contrasts the plots and protagonists of two of Shakespeare's plays, "Measure for Measure" and "Henry IV Part I". The author asserts that in these two plays, strong character is defined not by who is more right, but rather by the ability to become more than the sum of one's faults. The author concentrates his analysis on secondary characters, who, despite being fault-ridden, are endearing to the audience for their humor and steadfastness. The paper concludes that Shakespeare's ultimate point is that while all people are flawed, the test of their character is whether they are molded by these flaws -- or overcome them.
From the Paper:"In both of these plays, these people may be questionable or shady characters that often are crude or have abominable habits, they may be people of power and prominence, or they may be just average, everyday citizens. Simply put, they all have faults of their own. Yet, the audience can't help but find them endearing, and the protagonists find that their ability to overcome their faults has a lot to do with the help they receive from these characters. Furthermore, the inability of the antagonists to overcome their vulnerabilities also has something to do with these characters."
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