William Shakespeare | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Barbara H. Traister

This literature criticism consists of approximately 12 pages of analysis & critique of William Shakespeare.
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Critical Essay by Barbara H. Traister

SOURCE: "The King's One Body: Unceremonial Kingship in King John" in King John: New Perspectives, edited by Deborah T. Curren-Aquino, Associated University Presses, 1989, pp. 91-8.

In the following essay, Traister investigates the character of King John as an example of a Shakespearean monarch lacking his "second body, the public image of majesty and power."

Compared to Shakespeare's history plays that precede it, King John is a play of reductions. Its cast of named characters is considerably smaller than those of the earlier plays. It has no fully staged battle scenes, despite the ongoing war between France and England. Many of its scenes and lines are devoted to private moments in its characters' lives. The panoply and ceremony that marked the first tetralogy have largely vanished. The crown itself has lost power as a symbol...

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