Despite their diversity in tone and subject matter, Shakespeare's four mature tragedies--Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth--all have an essential experience in common. Bernard McElroy defines this experience as the collapse of the subjective world of the tragic hero.
Originally published in 1973.
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Table of Contents:
- FrontMatter, pg. i
- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, pg. vii
- CONTENTS, pg. ix
- CHAPTER ONE. “And That's True Too”: The World of Shakespearean Tragedy, pg. 3
- CHAPTER TWO. Hamlet: The Mind's Eye, pg. 29
- CHAPTER THREE. Othello: His Visage in His Mind, pg. 89
- CHAPTER FOUR. King Lear: The Tempest in the Mind, pg. 145
- CHAPTER FIVE. Macbeth: The Torture of the Mind, pg. 206
- CHAPTER SIX. Conclusion, pg. 238
- APPENDIX. “False” Rhetoric in Othello, pg. 245
- INDEX, pg. 251