William Shakespeare | Critical Essay by James Black

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of William Shakespeare.
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SOURCE: "Discourse of Occasion in Henry IV" in Cahiers Elisabethains, No. 37, April, 1990, pp. 27-42.

[In the essay that follows, Black analyzes the "comic discourse " in the Henry IV plays and argues that while discourse in Shakespeare's history plays is typically limited, the comedic elements in the conversations and

2 Henry IV. Act I, scene ii. Falstaff and the Chief Justice. By F. Barnard (n.d.). 2 Henry IV. Act I, scene ii. Falstaff and the Chief Justice. By F. Barnard (n.d.).
discussions (most notably those of Falstaff) in these two plays function as a means of revealing the themes of time and deferment.]

Keir Elam's analysis of Shakespeare's dramatic discourse leads him to propose that opening gambits vary artfully according to genre: "the comic incipit suggests an infinitely extendible continuity of speech . . . , the history play appears on the contrary to establish from the outset a sense of discursive limit and self-sufficiency." But Shakespeare's extensive use of comic techniques in Henry IV gives...

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