Shakespeare's Tragic Sequence

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Routledge, Oct 11, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 216 pages
First published in 1972.

The emphasis of this book is that each of Shakespeare's tragedies demanded its own individual form and that although certain themes run through most of the tragedies, nearly all critics refrain from the attempt to apply external rules to them. The plays are almost always concerned with one person; they end with the death of the hero; the suffering and calamity that befall him are exceptional; and the tragedies include the medieval idea of the reversal of fortune.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
1 Introduction
11
2 Apprenticeship
20
3 Julius Caesar
42
4 Hamlet
55
5 Othello
93
6 King Lear
117
7 Macbeth
142
8 Antony and Cleopatra
156
9 Coriolanus
172
10 Timon of Athens
187
Notes
197
Index
205
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