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Friday, July 1, 2016

A theory about Shakespeare's major tragedies and the course of life

I've mentioned a theory I have about Shakespeare's major tragedies and at encouragement of friend aw will post on this tho it's hard for me to believe that no one has thought of this or used it as a pricpncipal to organize a seminar. Shakespeare's major tragedies can be arranged so as to chart the course of a man's emotional life: first Romeo and Juliet about first love and adolescent passion, then hamlet about teenage angst and struggle for autonomy and recognition and identity, then othello about the tempestuous relationship between newlyweds unsure of much aside from their passion, then Macbeth about marriage at middle age and the struggle for success and recognition, then Anthony and cleopatra about late life second marriage and the trophy spouse, and finally King Lear about widowhood, property, posterity, and death.

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