Analytical Essays on English Drama( 40 topics)

Analytical Essays on English Drama( 40 topics)
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An Introduction to TPT-ians
This is a practical guide to the study of Drama. Each essay of the e-book can be read separately or dipped into for information or guidance. In this first edition I’ve added some relevant topics of Drama. I’ve also tried to revise the topics according to its exam or teaching demands. I shall be happy if the e-book comes to help the students / teachers and the researchers for whom it is written.
Contents:
1.Title: Difference between Classical Greek Tragedy and Shakespearean Tragedy
2.Title: Difference between Shakespeare’s Romantic Comedy and Comedy of Manner
Sub Topics: The essence of a Romantic comedy especially in Shakespeare
Key Words: Romantic comedy Shakespearean Viola and Olivia, Hermia and Lysander, Rosalind and Orlando, love, comedy of manners, intrigue
3.Title: Difference between Shakespeare’s Romantic Comedy and Comedy of Manner
4.Title: John Dryden in Defence of English Dramatists in “Essay of Dramatic Poesy”
Sub Topics: Dryden developed a very ingenious plan for writing his Essay of Dramatic Poesy
Key Words: John Dryden, creative imagination, Shakespeare ,Milton , moral ,emotional ,tragic comedy ,English dramatists , essay ondramatic poesy, Neander, , classical , Greek ,French dramatists
5.Title: Essential characteristics of comedy which constitutes the comic spirit
6.Title: Five Major Types of Comedy
Key Words: The main trends of English comedy ,‘romantic comedy’, ‘comedy of manners’, ‘comedy of hunours’, ‘sentimental comedy’, the ‘tragi-comedy’ or ‘dark comedy’
7.Title: Shakespeare's Women: Rosalind, Portia, Beatrice or Viola
Sub Topics: Shakespeare, the marker, makes his women live according to the lights they receive from the magic lamp of their great creator.
Key Words: women in Shakespeare’s plays, boy actors played the female parts, Kate of The Taming of the Shrew, Rosaline of Love’s Labour’s Lost, Beatrice of Much Ado About Nothing,Ophelia in Hamlet, Desdemona in Othello, Cordelia in King Lear, the iron willed Lady Macbeth, Portia in Merchant of Venice, the tender and loyal Juliet, the Alluring Cleopatra
8.Title: Philip Henslowe’s Diary and the Rose Theatre: Invaluable Material Evidence for the Study of the English Theatre in the age of Playwright William Shakespeare
Sub Topics: Study of the English Theatre in the age of Playwright William Shakespeare with Historical Evidence
Key Words: Philip Henslowe’s Diary, the Rose Theatre, the Study of the English Theatre, the age of William Shakespeare, Study of the English Theatre, Historical Evidence
9.Title: Dr. Samuel Johnson's Preface to Shakespeare Points to Remember
10.Title: Qualities of a Tragic Hero in Tragic Drama
Sub Topics: Characteristic Features of the Tragic Hero
Key Words: Aristotle, tragedy, imitation of action, Catharsis, Poetics, character, ‘pity and fear’, tragic hero, poetic justice.
11.Title: Qualities of a Tragic Hero in Tragic Drama
Sub Topics: characteristic features of the tragic hero
Key Words: ‘pity and fear’, ‘Catharsis’, tragedy, poetry, poetics, Aristotle, tragic hero
12.Title: ANALYSIS OF VERSE DRAMA IN THE20TH CENTURY
Sub Topics: REVIVAL OF POETIC DRAMA
Key Words: poetic drama, symbol, Renaissance of English literature, William Butler Yeats, T.S.Eliot
13.Title: Shakespeare’s Imagination and Sources
Sub Topics: Italian Novella, English History, and Well-knownRomances of Europe
Key Words: William Shakespeare classics, the Italian Novella, English history, romances of Europe, sources
14.Title: The Tradition of Tragicomedy in English Literature
Sub Topics: Tragicomedy is a blend of the elements of tragedy and comedy
Key Words: Criticism, tragicomedy, tragedy, comedy, seventeenth century, playwright
15.Title: Theatre of the Absurd- A Critical Study
Sub Topics: Writing a Critical Analysis of Theatre of the Absurd
Key Words: Theatre of the Absurd, Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting For Godot’, Human Condition, Existentialism
16.Title: Why Does Tragedy Give Us Pleasure?
Sub Topics: Aristotelian definition of tragedy
Key Words: ‘pity and fear’, ‘catharsis’, pre-condition of tragedy
17.Title: William Shakespeare’s Audience
Sub Topics: the poets lived to please and they must please to live- discuss in reference to William Shakespeare
Key Words: Jonson, epigram, playwright, Shakespeare, entertainer, spectators, career, company of actors and vulgar spectators, profession
18.Title: English Playwright and Poet, Christopher Marlowe’s Contribution to English Drama
Sub Topics: Marlowe worked on tragedy and advanced it considerably as a dramatic medium
Key Words: Christopher Marlowe, contributions to English drama, first great English dramatist, dramatist before William Shakespeare, tragedy, dramatic medium
19.Title: A Critical Analysis of the Title of William Shakespeare’s play, ‘As You Like It’
Sub Topics: Theme of Shakespeare’s play, ‘As You Like It’
Key Words: Shakespeare, Entertainments, Dreamland, Haunt for Love, Romantic Forest.
20.Title: The Character of Rosalind, the heroine of William Shakespeare's “As You Like It”
21.Title: Character of Isabella in Christopher Marlowe’s drama, “Edward II The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable Death of Edward the Second, King of England, with the Tragical Fall of Proud Mortimer”
22.Title: Effective Opening Scenes of Eugene O'Neill's Plays
Sub Topics: significant feature of O’ Neill’s dramatic art
Key Words: dramatic art, effective opening scenes, skill,dramatic technique
23.Title: Emotional Complexity of Personality and Intricacy of Plot in William Shakespeare's Hamlet
Key Words: tragedy or tragic drama, dramatic Representations, action, protagonist, ‘Poetics’, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Denmark, madness
24.Title: Why Should Every Student Learn from Sententious Polonious? Act I, Sc III, Hamlet
Sub Topics: Polonius’ famous advice to his son, Laertes Act I, Sc III, Hamlet
Key Words: advice, Hamlet, The characters of Polonius, young man worldly wise, Ophelia
25.Title: John Galsworthy as a Social Propagandist
Sub Topics: A Voice for Economically and Socially Oppressed
Key Words: John Galsworthy, Nobel Laureate, problem playwright, 20thcentury, social or moral problems, human dilemmas, The Silver Box, Justice, The Skin Game, Loyalties
26.Title: Various Interpretations of “Nature” in William Shakespeare’s King Lear
Sub Topics: William Shakespeare’s King Lear as a drama of ideas essentially preoccupied with Nature in all its vastness
Key Words: King Lear, William Shakespeare, drama of ideas, Nature, Morality plays, Shavian plays, Elizabethan thought, Coleridge
27.Title: Education of Barbara in George Bernard Shaw’s drama, ‘Major
Barbara’: Broken Illusions
Sub Topics: George Bernard Shaw’s Iconoclast Views
Key Words: Education of Barbara, George Bernard Shaw, Broken Illusions, Iconoclast Views
28.Title: Every Woman is not Ann but Ann is Everywoman: Characterization of Shaw’s Ann Whitefield in Man and Superman
Sub Topics: Ann Whitefield in Man and Superman is the unique creation bearing the impress of Shaw’s mature and superb literary merit
Key Words: exposition of Shavian philosophy, Characterization, feminine character, literary merit
29.Title: Analysis of Eugene O Neill’s" Mourning Becomes Electra" as an Aeschylean Model
Sub Topics: Comparative Study on Trilogy-"Homecoming", "The Hunted" and "TheHaunted"
Key Words: Eugene O' Neill, trilogy, Homecoming, The Hunted and The
Haunted, play, Aeschylus, logical Development
30.Title: Martyrdom is the Central Theme of T. S. Eliot’s" Murder in the Cathedral"
Sub Topics: feelings and sentiments of a devout Christian in T. S.Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral as it resounds through the character of Becket
Key Words: T. S. Eliot , devout Christian ,play, Murder in the Cathedral ,martyr, dramatis personae ,conflict , antagonisms, central theme , God’s powers
31.Title: Character of Mrs. Meldon in John Ervine’s One- act Play “Progress”
Sub Topics: the truly human point of view of progress held by Mrs. Meldon in John Ervine’s One- act Play “Progress”
Key Words: one- act play, opposite views on war, Mrs.Meldon, horrors of war, great progress of human knowledge and skill, devastating weapons
32.Title: The Title of J. M. Synge’s Play, “Riders to the Sea”
33.Title: Analysis of J. M. Synge’s ‘Riders to the Sea’ as a One Act Tragedy
34.Title: George Bernard Shaw and William Shakespeare: A Comparative study
Sub Topics: Points of Similarity between Shaw and Shakespeare
Key Words: Shaw, Shakespeare, England, English drama, History, London, comedy, romantic, Kyd, Marlowe, tragedy, blank verse
35.Title: Significance of the prologue to Oliver Goldsmith’s “She stoops to Conquer”
Sub Topics: What is Prologue? How is it essential in Oliver Goldsmith’s
“She stoops to Conquer”?
Key Words: Prologue, Muse, unsentimental Drama, Sentimental Comedy
36.Title: Dramatic Technique as Revealed in Vijay Tendulkar’s Play, Silence! The Court is In Session
37. Analysis of the character of Dancer in Eugene O Neill's “Thirst”
Key Words: modern play, psychology, lifelessness
38.Title: Critical Analysis of Theme and Image in Miller’s “The Death of Salesman”
Sub Topics: The essential theme in Death of a salesman: relationship between man’s identity as an individual and the image that society demands of him
Key Words: Death of a Salesman, Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, America drama. , themes,
images, drama critics, communist propaganda, capitalism, sympathetic study, big business, Freudian, psychological, catholic view
39.Title: The Faults of Duchess in John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi
Sub Topics: John Webster's The Duchess (The Duchess of Malfi, a macabre tragic play) is a definite member of this class who falls from her high position or status and dies because of committing a fault
Key Words: London theater manager Philip Henslowe, Thomas Dekker, John Marston, Thomas Heywood, John , tragedies , extravagant passions, dark intrigue, fratricidal violence, melodramatic, poetic dialogue, ,drama
40. Title: Caliban in Shakespeare’s The Tempest
Sub Topics: Black Magic, Brutal Savage and Reformation of a character
Key Words: Caliban, The Tempest, complex character, Shakespeare, fantasy beings, symbol of gross earthly things and passion, Ariel, Wilson Knight

Ardhendu De
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Patrahati Ramratan High School (Higher Secondary) Makarkole, Onda, Bankura, West Bengal,
India, Pin: 722144
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