Innocence Lost. Essay

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This is an analysis of charecters in selected works from the course Including Romeo and Juliet, Othello, A Midsummers Night Dream, The Merchant of Venice. It traces Shakspeares notions of innocence and compare's many characters throughout the aforementioned worksMatthew TjosvoldEnglish Lit. 3000May 5, 2003Final PaperSeveral of Shakespeare's plays contain a reoccurring theme of innocence or purity lost through the impurity of others. The innocence or purity may only correspond to one aspect of a characters personality or background. For instance, in Romeo and Juliet, it is Mercutio's bloodline that renders him innocent, while in Othello, it is Othello's inexperience with Venetian society that defines his innocence. Shakespeare repeatedly uses the impurity of the surrounding characters to manipulate and withdraw this purity and innocence, sometimes leading to comedy and other times leading to tragedy. This paper draws on five characters from Shakespeare's works, each character is innocent in his own unique way and each time that innocence is lost through the hands of others.The escapade of Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, illustrates a comical example of innocence being corrupted and manipulated by the actions of others. Granted, Bottom is so overconfident that he never realizes his innocence is at stake, and his character retains its ridiculousness throughout the play. However, this instance serves as a simple example of how Shakespeare toys with the idea of purity in impure surroundings. Bottom's innocence is defined in terms his overconfidence and ridiculousness, indeed, he holds an astounding belief in his own abilities as an actor.That will ask some tears in the true performing ofit: if I do it, let the audience look to theireyes; I will move storms, I will condole in somemeasure. To the rest: yet my chief humour is for atyrant: I could play Ercles rarely, or a part totear a cat in, to make all split. (Act I, Scene ii, ln 20-25)While believing he is the right man for every part in the craftsman's play, he can be considered the worst actor of the group. Therefore, we can consider Bottom's innocence in terms of naivety, his naïve to his own ridiculousness and the world around him.Shakespeare manipulates his naivety through the non-naïve fairies, especially the trickster Puck. After the fairy queen Titania falls in love with Bottom due to the love potion, Bottom's overconfidence and ridiculousness leads to the audience's hysteria. With the head of an ass, Bottom feels that he has finally received what life owes him, it is perfectly normal to have a fairy queen as a lover and servants beckoning to his every desire. In conclusion, Shakespeare uses Bottom's innocence for comical means through placing the naïve Bottom in non-naïve surroundings. Luckily for the audience, however, Bottom retains enough of his innocence to perform in the comical craftsman's play.In Romeo and Juliet, innocence is placed in an entirely...

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