By Shakespeare, William; Shakespeare, William; Brustein, Robert Sanford; Shakespeare, William
This ebook is a masterful and fascinating exploration of either Shakespeare's works and his age. Concentrating on six routine prejudices in Shakespeare’s playssuch as misogyny, elitism, mistrust of effeminacy, and racismRobert Brustein examines how Shakespeare and his contemporaries handled them. greater than easily a thematic learn, the e-book unearths a playwright continuously exploiting and exploring his personal own stances. These prejudices, Brustein unearths, aren't unchanging; over the years they range in depth and treatment. Shakespeare is an artist who constantly displays the predilections of his age and but frequently manages to go beyond them.
Brustein considers the full of Shakespeare's performs, from the early histories to the later romances, although he offers certain attention to Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and The Tempest. Drawing comparisons to performs via Marlowe, Middleton, and Marston, Brustein investigates how Shakespeare’s contemporaries have been preoccupied with comparable subject matters and the way those various artists handled the present prejudices of their personal methods. instead of confining Shakespeare to his age, this booklet has the fantastic caliber of illuminating either what he shared along with his time and what's certain approximately his approach.
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