ABSTRACT

First published in 1960.

Patterns in Shakespearian Tragedy is an exploration of man's relation to his universe and the way in which it seeks to postulate a moral order. Shakespeare's development is treated accordingly as a growth in moral vision. His movement from play to play is carefully explored, and in the treatment of each tragedy the emphasis is on the manner in which its central moral theme shapes the various elements of drama

chapter Chapter One|13 pages

Introduction

chapter Chapter Three|29 pages

Historical Tragedy: King John Richard II, Julius Caesar

chapter Chapter Four|26 pages

The Pattern of Growth: Hamlet

chapter Chapter Five|25 pages

The Pattern of Moral Choice: Othello

chapter Chapter Six|21 pages

The Pattern of Regeneration: King Lear

chapter Chapter Seven|31 pages

The Operation of Evil: Timon of Athens and Macbeth

chapter Chapter Eight|35 pages

The Final Paradox: Antony and Cleopatra and Coriolanus