King Henry VIII | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Kristian Smidt

This literature criticism consists of approximately 24 pages of analysis & critique of King Henry VIII.
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Critical Essay by Kristian Smidt

SOURCE: Smidt, Kristian. “All Is True, or The Honest Chronicler—King Henry VIII.” In Unconformities in Shakespeare's History Plays, pp. 145-58. London: Macmillan, 1982.

In the following essay, Smidt contends that unlike Shakespeare's other histories, Henry VIII is a play of character rather than of action and pageantry—a quality it shares with some of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies.

Probably a majority of critics have seen Henry VIII as a play separated not only in time but in kind from the early histories. It is certainly different, but not because of the amount of pageantry it contains, as is often asserted, nor because of its use of mythic elements, Christian or pagan, nor because of its alleged looseness of plot.1 Henry VIII is unlike Shakespeare's English history plays of the 1590s...

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