«Hamlet», analysis of the tragedy by William Shakespeare

Written in 1600-1601, Hamlet, like most of Shakespeare’s plays, in the plot is a literary treatment of a borrowed story that occurred in pagan Denmark (before 827 years) and first written on paper around 1200 by the Danish chronicler Saxon Grammar.  Continue reading

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“Romeo and Juliet”, analysis of the tragedy by William Shakespeare

The story of the creation of the world-famous tragedy by Shakespeare is rooted in folk tales of two Italian lovers and their artistic workings that appeared in Italian literature (Luigi de Porto “The Newly Found History of Two Noble Lovers and Their Sad Death, which occurred in Verona during Signor Bartolomeo della Scalo” , 1524; Matteo Bandello “Four books of short stories”, 1554; Luigi Groto “Adriana”, 1578) throughout the XVI century. The plot of the play was developed by an English playwright based on Arthur Brooke’s poem “The Tragic History of Romeus and Juliet”, 1562). The original title of the work, dating back to 1593-1596 (the exact time of the birth of the play is impossible to establish), was listed as “The Most Excellent and Saddest Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet”. Continue reading

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The character of Romeo in Shakespeare’s tragedy “Romeo and Juliet”

Romeo Montecchi – the main character of the play “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. Juliet’s beloved. He committed suicide when he mistakenly decided that Juliet was dead. Continue reading

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The character of Juliet in Shakespeare’s tragedy “Romeo and Juliet”

Juliet Capulet is the main heroine of William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, a girl of thirteen years old, beloved Romeo Montecchi. At the end of the tragedy, she committed suicide when she saw that Romeo was dead. Continue reading

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“Dom Juan or The Feast with the Statue”, analysis of a comedy by Molière

The comedy “Dom Juan or The Feast with the Statue” was written by Molière in 1665. It is a classical literal adaptation of the medieval Spanish legend of a libertine named Dom Juan. In his play, the French playwright makes a relentless and, at the same time, objective analysis of the image of a European nobleman who lives for body pleasures and love games. Continue reading

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“The Misanthrope”, analysis of a comedy by Molière

The comedy “The Misanthrope” was written by Molière in 1666. It differs from other plays of the French playwright by the dominance of the dialogues over external events, as well as by the specific psychologism and more subtle reveal of the evils of society. The comedy revolves around the hero who is amusing and tragic at the same time. Though Alceste refuses to accept human faults, he doesn’t notice either his own weaknesses or the flaws of his flighty beloved Célimène. Continue reading

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“Mateo Falcone”, a literary analysis of the novella by Prosper Mérimée

The novella was written in 1829 as an even, progressive narration. It starts with an exposition where the author provides the reader with the locale of the work – Corsican maquis and the main character – Mateo Falcone. Prosper Mérimée introduces the author-narrator, who met the proud Corsican two years after the incident in order to reveal the character of the latter in full. Continue reading

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“Carmen”, a literary analysis of the novella by Prosper Mérimée

The novella by a French dramatist Prosper Mérimée was written in 1845. It became world-famous mostly thanks to the opera of the same name by Georges Bizet. The passionate love story of the proud Basque Don José Navarro and the freedom-loving Spanish gypsy Carmen is revealed before the reader by the author-narrator. Being an archaeologist by profession, he travelled through Spain in order to find the location of the ancient city of Munda, known since the time of Julius Caesar. Continue reading

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The analysis of the novel “The Sincere Huron”, essay

A philosophical novella “The Sincere Huron” first published in 1767. There Voltaire addressed the problem of the rigidity of people’s moral standards that existed during the golden age of French absolutism. The author makes the “child of nature” Rousseau, as the central figure coming into the conflict with modernity. This was a young man of twenty-two, who had a French origin but Huron upbringing. Continue reading

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An Analysis of the Novel “Candide: or, The Optimist” by Voltaire

The philosophical satire “Candide: or, The Optimist” was created by the famous French writer of the Age of Enlightenment in the late fifties of the XVIII century. One of the most popular works of Voltaire experienced a strange turn of fate. It was forbidden for a long time because of the “sort of improper things”, and the writer himself one day acknowledged his authorship, another day repudiated it. Continue reading

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