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Essays on Shakespearean Tragedy

Ram Bilas Sharma (Author)
Synopsis Aristotle's approach to tragedy is based on a realization of the significance of its emotional impact on the spectator. But this impact cannot be studied through an exclusive concentration on the feelings of pity and fear. Tragedy deals with unpleasant emotions and their power to move us depends on the nature of the people involved in dramatic action, the intensity of their feelings and their social situation. The four great tragedies of Shakespeare stand in a class apart from his other tragedies as well as from Elizabethan and Greek tragedies. It is only when he overcomes the temptation of writing revenge tragedies that he becomes a great master worthy of competing with the Greeks. Like Ben Jonson's comedy of humours he created the tragedy of humours with stereotyped characters and sensational dramatic action. In the great tragedies, however, his characters possess a depth unknown to world literature before. The four tragedies unfold the contradictions of renaissance society and are based on a skilful combination of the subjective experience of the dramatist and his knowledge of the external world. Through brilliant devices Shakespeare modifies the element of pain, makes abrupt transitions from one emotion to its very opposite and while leading the spectator to tragic ecstasy maintains a fine sense of detachment and irony. The moral aspect of Christianity and stoic philosophy contribute to the richness of his humanism.
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About the author

Ram Bilas Sharma

Ram Bilas Sharma (1912) did Ph.D. from Lucknow University. He is a renowned Hindi critic. He taught English in Lucknow University and B.R. College, Agra. Their are more than forty books in Hindi and English to his credit which include Essays on Shakespearean Tragedy and Nineteenth Century Poets.

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Title Essays on Shakespearean Tragedy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186565213
length 360p., 23cm