Antony and Cleopatra Act 1 Quotations

The play  begins in Egypt, where one of Antony’s soldiers worries that Antony’s love for Cleopatra is excessive and has made him a weaker general. Cleopatra and Antony enter, and Cleopatra asks him how much he loves her. He says he cannot quantify his love for her. A messenger comes with news from Rome, but Antony disregards him, saying... Continue Reading →



LANGUAGE Shakespeare’s language can be divided into three main categories: Shakespeare's Unusual Arrangements of Words, Shakespeare's Troublesome Omissions & Words Not Quite Our Own. UNUSUAL ARRANGEMENTS OF WORDS Many students ask if people really spoke the way they do in Shakespeare's plays. The answer is no. Shakespeare wrote the way he did for poetic and... Continue Reading →

Coriolanus Act 5 sc. 6 Thinking points

Aufidius's anger and regret at Coriolanus's actions: That I would have spoke of: Being banish'd for't, he came unto my hearth; Presented to my knife his throat: I took him; Made him joint-servant with me; gave him way In all his own desires; nay, let him choose Out of my files, his projects to accomplish,... Continue Reading →

Act1 Coriolanus quotations

“With every minute you do change a mind, And call him noble that was now your hate, him vile that was your garland” Martius (Act 1 Sc 1 line 180) “I sin in envying his nobility, and were I anything but what I am, I would wish me only he.” Martius (Act1 Sc 1 line 228)... Continue Reading →

Coriolanus Acts 1 and 2

                 MARCIUS I'll fight with none but thee; for I do hate thee Worse than a promise-breaker. AUFIDIUS We hate alike: Not Afric owns a serpentI abhor More than thy fame and envy. Fix thy foot. MARCIUS Let the first budger die the other's slave, And the gods... Continue Reading →


Theme Analysis from Class conflict The conflict between the patricians, or traditional ruling class, and the plebeians, or common people, is central to the play. At the opening of the play, the plebeians are rebelling against the patricians, whom they accuse of hoarding grain while the plebeians starve. The tribunes Brutus and Sicinius are... Continue Reading →

Theme analysis on Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles (By Krystal)

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Human Morality and the Laws of Nature by Ian Mackean

by Ian Mackean

In his novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) deals with issues of morality in two fundamental ways; one is the relativity of moral values – their variation according to time and place – the other is the opposition between man-made laws and Nature. These issues are explored through the experiences of Tess Durbyfield as she encounters the problems of life, and exemplify Hardy’s idea of the ‘two forces’:

So the two forces were at work here as everywhere, the inherent will to enjoy, and the circumstantial will against enjoyment. (p.332)

The ‘circumstantial will against enjoyment’ is often a matter of morality or convention, but equally often it is a matter of chance, or fate.

The first example of the relativity of moral values is seen in the clash of attitudes between Tess and her mother…

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