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Ulysses and Iago express similar themes about order and degree. Iago speaks more specifically about seniority versus affections and recommendations.

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King Lear’s first scene is notable in its length and structure. At over 300 lines, with more characters on stage than in all but the last scene of the play,

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Animal imagery dominates Henry VI, Part 3, as in two passages here:

Margaret
And yet shalt thou be safe?

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Shakespeare’s contribution to the play Sir Thomas More, which may never have been produced, is noteworthy for More’s compassionate speech about immigrants.

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Rosalind in As You Like It, the arch-feminist of Shakespeare’s plays, is the only female character to deliver an epilogue.

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Despite the sarcasm, the audience as well as father Abram are led to consider Shylock’s exclamation:

…what these Christians are,

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Passages with obscure references send scholars on treasure hunts in search of the influences on Shakespeare’s works. In King Lear,

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In the Merchant of Venice, the Prince of Morocco’s “And let us make incision for your love To prove whose blood is reddest,

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Shakespeare’s version of the “income inequality” is expressed by the First Roman Citizen in his railing against the upper 1% who possess all the wealth.

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In Coriolanus,  Menenius Agrippa extemporizes on an ancient version of modern day trickle-down economics. In his extended metaphor,

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In Cymbeline, Belarus advises his two adoptive sons to embrace the idyllic life in the country rather than the political life at court:

“O,

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Video: To Be Or Not To Be

David Tennant as Hamlet in a film of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s award-winning production of Shakespeare’s greatest play.

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One of Shakespeare’s most frequent themes is appearance versus reality. This theme manifests itself in different ways for different purposes.

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Friar Lawrence’s rumination on soil as both a tomb and a womb works as a symbol of one of the play’s central themes.

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Celia and Rosalind engage in an intellectual discourse on questions that might today be expressed as: “Is it better to be born talented or lucky?”,

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With this Antonio denies that his sadness is caused by worry about his merchandise at sea. He dismisses but does not actually deny,

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Shakespeare, who had begun writing his sonnets sometime in the 1590’s, decided that the form would be useful in Romeo and Juliet.

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Hamlet’s final soliloquy appears in earlier quarto versions of the play but is omitted from the First Folio. Scholars continue to debate reasons for this.

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The Comedy of Error’s concluding dialogue between Dromio of Ephesus and Dromio of Syracuse neatly ties up an underlying theme of this farce,

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Hamlet’s first words in the play, about being more kin than kind, are an aside, not to another character but to himself.

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The four seasons, the four elements and the four humors were all related. The four seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter – paralleled the four humors – blood/sanguine,

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Shakespeare delights in the seduction ceremonies of bright men with even brighter women. These dialogues, whether between adolescents like Romeo and Juliet,