William Shakespeare | Literature Criticism Eva Figes

This literature criticism consists of approximately 27 pages of analysis & critique of William Shakespeare.
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Eva Figes

SOURCE: "Kingship," in Tragedy and Social Evolution, John Calder, 1976, pp. 31-64.

In the following excerpt, Figes provides a historical overview of kingship and claims that Shakespeare 's plays serve the function of the "chronicling and dramatization of the history of past kings . . . [and the justification and explication of the present."]

The actor who plays the king is playing a role—he is not directly fulfilling a sacerdotal function, but only providing an example for the audience to watch; the king who is a king is also playing a role, since his 'part' will at some time be taken over by someone else, and since he is made king by virtue of the drama of the coronation rituals, and the regalia which are his props. This duality can enrich the drama: Shakespeare makes use of it, when his Macbeth and...

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