King John | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Clayton G. MacKenzie

This literature criticism consists of approximately 8 pages of analysis & critique of King John.
This section contains 2,140 words
(approx. 8 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Clayton G. MacKenzie

Critical Essay by Clayton G. MacKenzie

SOURCE: “Renaissance Emblems of Death and Shakespeare's King John,” in English Studies, Vol. 79, No. 5, September, 1998, pp. 425-29.

In the essay below, MacKenzie examines the imagery of regeneration in King John, arguing that Shakespeare emphasizes the importance of death, rather than life, in the play.

The fourth print in Hans Holbein's Icones Historiarvm Veteris Testamenti reveals Adam in a postlapsarian world. He tills the soil, assisted and shadowed by a skeletal Dance of Death figure. It is a vision of toil and hardship, and the 1547 verse accompaniment to the Lyons edition emphasises the consequences of Adam's transgression.

En grand labeur, & sueur de son corps Le pere Adam a sa uie gaignee, Heue tandis en doloreux effortz Subiecte a l’Homme enfante sa lignee.(1) 

The reference is to Genesis 3:17-19. In eating...

(read more)

This section contains 2,140 words
(approx. 8 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Clayton G. MacKenzie