Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human Topics for Discussion

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What does the author mean by saying that Shakespeare invented the human, or the human personality? Is this an exaggeration?

Discuss Shakespeare and the interpretation of Shakespeare by the philosopher Nietzsche. What does Nietzsche mean by the Dionysian element in Hamlet? What about nihilistic and anarchistic elements in other Shakespeare plays?

Discuss Shakespeare tragedies such as Richard III and Macbeth. What is Shakespeare's point in studying evil characters like Richard III and Macbeth? Are either of them amusing in their evil actions? What other comic elements are in these plays?

Discuss Shakespeare's mixing of tragedy and comedy. In the play Love's Labour Lost, none of the men obtain their lady love. How does this play and other plays that are comedies also have tragic elements?

Discuss the comparison between Shakespeare's and Marlowe's works, such as the Merchant of Venice, versus the Jew of Malta...

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