Sign In Sign Up. Literature Poetry Lit Terms Shakescleare. Download this LitChart! Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Our Teacher Edition on Twelfth Night can help. The rapid movement from pastoral melancholy to high melodrama to festive comedy, ending in a pair of marriages needs to be accepted in the spirit of a fairy tale, where logic and consistent human motivation are irrelevant.
Consider Silvia. She is nearly raped, then instants later, she sees her husband-to-be embracing her attacker as an eternal friend.
No questions are asked, and significantly she has not a single line after her desperate line, "O heaven!
The conventions of romance prevail, as the thieves gain pardons and a marriage banquet is announced. The play, Blood Wedding , is set in Lorca's homeland Act I is set in the Bridegroom's home. Act II is set in the Bride's home on what is intended to be her wedding day. Act III is set in a nearby forest. Blood Wedding study guide contains a biography of Federico Garcia Lorca, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
Blood Wedding essays are academic essays for citation. Lancelot the clown is one of the more interesting characters. His treatment of his father is awful, considering that his father is mostly blind and has brought a present to his son.
The entire scene mimics the biblical story of Jacob and Esau, though. The bible tells how Jacob tricked his father into giving him the inheritance by wearing wool so his father would think he was Esau. Lancelot does the same thing, by bending down and making his father "know" him by feeling his head.
Shylock's character starts to emerge very strongly within this act. We see him now not only as a moneylender demanding interest, but also as a villain.
He shows a marked aversion to fun, demanding that Jessica lock the door and close the windows when he finds out there will be a masque that night. However, contrary to his statement in the first act, Shylock leaves his house to enjoy a dinner with Bassanio.
Much of this act therefore develops the negative aspects of Shylock character. However, the Christian faults are also exposed within this act. The faithlessness of Jessica has been an issue of discussion for many centuries, with the debate raging over whether she is justified in leaving her father.
The crucial difficulty is that she does not merely run away, but she insists on stealing large amounts of her father's jewels and gold. Thus when Graziano remarks, "Now, by my hood, a gentile, and no Jew" 2. Ironic because she is stealing her father's money, so he is essentially implying Christians are thieves. Jessica's actions also leave unanswered the question of why she is locked up in her father's home. The answer to this comes from an understanding of the relationship between money and breeding.
Whereas in the beginning Antonio is impotent in the sense that his money does not breed, Shylock is not. Shylock further has the advantage of having a daughter. Since the Jewish lineage is passed down via the maternal line, Jessica represents a way for Shylock's family line to continue.
Thus, hoarding Jessica and his gold is Shylock's way of guaranteeing his successful breeding. In fact, Solanio makes this connection between daughter and money abundantly clear when he tells us that Shylock ran through the street of Venice crying:. Thus for Shylock the simultaneous loss of his daughter and his money is in a sense the loss of his fertility. Not only does her conversion to Christianity destroy Shylock's family line, it also makes him impotent in a metaphorical sense.
Jessica takes two stones with her, which represent the "testicles" of Shylock, since stone was often used to mean testicle. Thus after her theft, Shylock joins Antonio in impotence, having lost his ability to breed. The role of minor characters has also changed. In classical mythology, the moon is traditionally associated with Artemis or Diana, the Greek and Roman goddesses of the hunt, and European art and drama tends to reinforce this association of the moon with women.
The bloodthirstiness of the Moon speaks to one of the broader themes of Blood Wedding —namely, the inability of individuals to choose their own destiny in a society that is ruled by heredity and the rhythms of nature. The sinister depiction of the Moon also calls into question the morality of the characters. The townspeople, and indeed, many audiences, might reasonably blame the Bride and Leonardo for ruining the wedding and her happy marriage with the Bridegroom.
However, their portrayal as helpless victims at the mercy of a powerful and malevolent Moon arouses sympathy, suggesting that no character is fully good or evil. The three woodcutters serve as important foils to the Moon. Why didst thou stoop, then? To take a paper up that I let fall. And is that paper nothing? Nothing concerning me. Then let it lie for those that it concerns. Madam, it will not lie where it concerns Unless it have a false interpeter.
Madam, I won't let it lie here, in case someone who it's not meant for intercepts the letter. Some love of yours hath writ to you in rhyme. That I might sing it, madam, to a tune. Give me a note: your ladyship can set. So I may sing it to a melody, madam. Give me a starting note, your Ladyship, so this letter can be set to music. As little by such toys as may be possible. Best sing it to the tune of 'Light o' love.
I will indulge you in your joking as little as possible. You'd better sing it to the melody of " Light o' love. It is too heavy for so light a tune. Belike it hath some burden then?
Ay, and melodious were it, would you sing it. And why not you? I cannot reach so high. I cannot sing at such a high pitch.
Let's see your song. How now, minion! Keep tune there still, so you will sing it out: And yet methinks I do not like this tune. Keep the melody going so you can finish the song. Although I don't like this melody. You do not? No, madam; it is too sharp. You, minion, are too saucy. Nay, now you are too flat And mar the concord with too harsh a descant: There wanteth but a mean to fill your song.
No, you are too blunt and spoil the harmony with a variation that's too harsh. Your song should be filled with a sweet-sounding tenor. The mean is drown'd with your unruly bass. The middle point is drowned out by your uncontrolled bass voice. Indeed, I bid the base for Proteus. This babble shall not henceforth trouble me. Here is a coil with protestation!Act II: Scene 7; Act III: Scene 1; Act III: Scene 2; Act IV: Scenes ; Act IV: Scenes ; Act V: Scenes ; Act V: Scene 4; William Shakespeare Biography; Study Help; Quiz; Cite this Literature Note; Summary and Analysis Act II: Scenes Summary. Speed welcomes Launce to Padua. (Since they are in Milan he may be teasing the other servant.