The Plays of Shakespeare

The Plays of Shakespeare

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Touching viewers and readers with his presentation of social, moral, and political issues, Shakespeare holds ageless and unequaled appeal primarily because of the universal themes at the heart of his dramatic works. Shakespeare scholar Victor Cahn takes a unique approach to exploring the plays by identifying and explicating the themes that recur throughout the canon. Written in lively language, each of the 35 essays explores a core theme or topic and discusses its implications in several key plays in which it figures prominently. This user-friendly guide not only allows readers to better understand the significance of concepts such as power, politics, marriage or money; the organization by theme also helps users to compare and contrast these important topics across relevant plays. Cahn draws vivid connections between related works of Shakespeare, but just as importantly, enlightens readers as to the pertinence of these themes in contemporary life. While this thematic guide examines all of Shakespeare's plays, particular attention is devoted to those works most often read by students; the tragedies such as qRomeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, q and qMacbeth, q the comedies including qA Midsummer Night's Dreamq and qMerchant of Venice, q as well as the historical plays likeq Richard II, q and the romantic works such as qThe Tempest.q Students who wish to investigate a particular play in greater depth can refer to this book's title index to identify all citations of that work. This valuable literary resource serves myriad uses, enabling students to trace the thread of a theme, to compare its treatment in several plays, and to understand better a play, its characters, plot and language, by examining Shakespeare's central themes.A Thematic Guide Victor L. Cahn ... The thematic view also enriches the study of an individual play, first by placing it in the context of Shakespearea#39;s ... that are most often presented onstage and studied in the classroom: the tragedies Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, ... My text is The Riverside Shakespeare ( Houghton Mifflin), and all quotations, noted by act, scene, and line, are from that volume.

Title:The Plays of Shakespeare
Author: Victor L. Cahn
Publisher:Greenwood Publishing Group - 2001

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