King John | Critical Essay by Robert Weimann

This literature criticism consists of approximately 33 pages of analysis & critique of King John.
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Critical Essay by Robert Weimann

SOURCE: “Mingling Vice and ‘Worthiness’ in King John,” in Shakespeare Studies Annual, Vol. XXVII, 1999, pp. 109-33.

In the following essay, Weimann characterizes Faulconbridge as a new type of vice character, a type that merged the serious with the jocular.

With the advent of Marlowe the aims of representation in the Elizabethan theater were sharply redefined. As the prologues to Tamburlaine suggested, the dramatist literally felt authorized to “lead” the theater to a new horizon of legitimation, one against which the hero could more nearly be viewed as a self-contained “picture.” Such a portrait would “unfold” the scene “at large”; the character “himself in presence” would dominate the performance. This at least is how the...

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