Plays

Julius Caesar

1599
Julius Caesar is part of a series of plays by Shakespeare which are based on historical events. In this analysis you will find a breakdown of the gender imbalance within the play, where you will find that the pronoun ‘he’ is more present than the pronoun ‘she’, which is uncommon in Shakespeare's wider work. Finally, we illustrate the use of assertive language and how the name ‘Caesar’ impacts the play.

The Tragedy of Macbeth

1606
A tragedy on the effects of political ambition and the pursuit of power.

Othello

1603
Othello (the full title of which is The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice) is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare around 1603, and first published in 1622. It is believed to be based upon the short story ‘Un Capitano Moro’ (1565), by Italian writer Cinthio (Giovanni Battista Giraldi). Othello is a play about jealousy and deception, and follows Iago – the central antagonist (villain) – as he attempts to destroy the life of Othello – Iago’s boss, a celebrated war general, and the central protagonist (hero). Iago is a master manipulator who exploits the vulnerabilities of others; he is a puppeteer who causes most of the dramatic events. The core of the play follows Othello’s misplaced jealousy; he has been deceived by Iago into believing that Desdemona (Othello’s wife) and Cassio (Othello’s liteutenant) are having an affair. Convinced Iago is telling the truth, continuously provoked by the villain, and driven mad with jealousy, Othello murders Desdemona. Upon Emilia revealing Iago’s true nature, Othello, overcome with guilt and sorrow, commits suicide. Thus ends the Moor’s tragic tale.

Richard II

1595
A historical play examining the life of King Richard II of England.

Richard III

1592
Richard III is a historical play which examines the life of King Richard III of England who reigned during the period in history known as ‘The Wars of the Roses’. Richard III was the last Plantagenet King of England and until recently was believed to have been a usurper and a murderer, among other charges. Shakespeare’s take on his life and reign was largely to blame for these assumptions, as he was writing during the Tudor dynasty and was required to produce works which would portray the current royal family in a positive light while slandering the previous royal family as much as possible. What resulted is a volatile mixture of history and propaganda told through the medium of a play, which will horrify the reader with the depths of its villainy and delight with its portrayal of knights in shining armour coming to rescue the country of England from a brutal and treacherous King.

Romeo and Juliet

1591-1595
Young lovers, light and darkness, positivity and negativity… Romeo and Juliet is one of the most well known Shakespeare plays as it is seen as one of the greatest love stories ever told. We developed an in-depth analysis of the play while exploring new themes and existing themes in new ways.

The Tempest

1611
The Tempest is set on a remote island, where the sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skilful manipulation.

Twelfth Night

1601-1602
Commedy that revolves around the misunderstandings of love and sexual attraction and that explores cross-dressing and the concept of gender.