Positive Transformation in Shakespearean Plays Comparison Essay by UNC Tarheels

Positive Transformation in Shakespearean Plays
An analysis of the theme of rite of passage in William Shakespeare's "King Henry IV, Part 1" and "Merchant of Venice".
# 108951 | 1,629 words | 0 sources | 2008 | US
Published on Nov 07, 2008 in Shakespeare (Merchant of Venice) , Shakespeare (Henry IV, V)


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This paper discusses how, in these two Shakespeare plays, the transformations of characters are a big part of the plots. The paper first looks at how the character of Prince Hal begins "King Henry, Part I" pretending to be a foolish ruffian only to shock the country by accepting the King's challenge of becoming a noble leader. This sincere change is plotted out by Hal the whole time, therefore making him either excessively brilliant or more of a scoundrel. The paper then examines how, in contrast, the transformation of Jessica, in "The Merchant of Venice" is more of a surprise. At the start of "The Merchant of Venice," she is trapped in a home she hates, unable to pursue her artsy ambitions. She then finds her love and becomes a free woman. The paper maintains that Shakespeare used these genuine character revisions to show how relevant personal growth is in our own world, the real stage.

From the Paper:

"As a very complex character, the real nature of Hal is very difficult to pin down. As the play begins, he is cunningly displayed as a thief mapping out the next robbery with his fat friend, Falstaff. However, despite the disgraceful plans he is drawing out, the sharp wit of Hal can be easily detected. In an entertaining fashion, he and Falstaff exchange witty puns and familiar banter. This is the first clue that Hal is more than meets the eye. Shakespeare blatantly accented Hal's dishonorable actions with an intelligent and crafty personality. Although Hal hangs out with lower characters that provoke him into doing vile deeds, Hal seems to be genuinely above his actions and his friends who all play a role into his bigger and more valuable plan."

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