King John | Critical Essay by Kenneth Tucker

This literature criticism consists of approximately 25 pages of analysis & critique of King John.
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Critical Essay by Kenneth Tucker

SOURCE: Tucker, Kenneth. “‘Cry, havoc!’ King John and the Darkling Plain.” In Shakespeare and Jungian Typology: A Reading of the Plays, pp. 15-32. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 2003.

In the following essay, Tucker considers themes associated with the chaotic, unpredictable, and Machiavellian political world of King John.

Among Shakespeare's history plays King John has seldom received accolades. Early in the twentieth century, E. K Chambers, in his Shakespeare: A Survey, dubbed it an “incoherent patchwork” (102). E. M. W. Tillyard in his classic, if controversial, Shakespeare's History Plays, though finding the drama “full of promise and new life,” laments that “as a whole it is uncertain of itself” (266). More recently Russell Fraser has aligned himself with its detractors, marshaling a battalion of...

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