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Guys i need help my extended essay is due in a few months and i want to switch my topic to English A1 but my problem is that i do not have a specific question in mind, i was thinking of doing something with Shakespeare's works like macbeth, anthony and cleopatra, the tempest and romeo and juliet any suggestions?

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You can choose to use new lines to make new ideas with the lines, but given the limited time you have, you may want to use the known lines and make something new out of it. Recently, I watched a play called William, wherein lines of Shakespeare were put into a new light. You may want to check the play out, if you wish.

For ideas, you may want the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet.

[Capulet's orchard.]

ROMEO [Coming forward.]:

But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?

It is the East, and Juliet is the sun!

Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon

Who is already sick and pale with grief

That (1) thou her maid (2) art far more fair than she.

Be not her maid, since she is envious.

Her vestal livery (3) is but sick and green, (4)

And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off. (5)

It is my lady! O, it is my love!

O, that she knew she were!

She speaks, yet she says nothing.

What of that? Her eye discourses; I will answer it.

I am too bold; 'tis not to me she speaks.

Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven

Having some business, do entreat her eyes

To twinkle in their spheres till they return. (6)

What if her eyes were there, they in her head?

The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars

As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven

Would through the airy region stream so bright

That birds would sing and think it were not night.

See how she leans her cheek upon her hand!

O, that I were a glove upon that hand,

That I might touch that cheek!

Or Shylock's speech in The Merchant of Venice:

To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and hindered me half a million; laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies; and what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge. The villany you teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.

You may check this site for all famous Shakespeare parts:

http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/quotes/speech.htm

Good luck!

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Try comparing Shakespeare's work to something modern and contemporary and come up with some comparison and contrast from it. I did my EE on Shakespearean plays and compared them to Absurdist plays of the 50s and 60s.

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