A Picture of Shakespeare’s Tragedies
by
Robert Marchant
What is tragic about Shakespeare’s tragedies? — We are not asking whether these plays fit into some plausible theory of what the tragic is. Robert Marchant offers no explanatory hypotheses of “tragedy” and proposes to explore no “line”. In A Picture of Shakespeare’ss Tragedies he sets out to describe moment by salient moment the action of each of the great tragedies, with the aim of letting show more clearly the peculiar development in which it consists. He sets out the dramatic action in a perspicuous presentation that is a “picture” of the internal relations in which the dramatic events stand.

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