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Shakespearean Ressurrection

Un libro in lingua di Sean Benson edito da Duquesne Univ Pr, 2009

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Shakespeare is often assumed to be the most secular of Renaissance playwrights. Yet the practical religion of the day permeates his plays. Benson (English, Malone College) examines the images of resurrection used by Shakespeare in both the comedies and tragedies. While there are no real returns from the dead in the plays, the imagery of resurrection is often used and the return of those thought dead is a common trope, especially in the comedies. Even the deaths of characters such as Romeo and Juliet, Desdemona and Hamlet are laced with images of the Christian Resurrection. Benson also looks at the ways in which Shakespeare uses a horror of resurrection in his pagan characters to contrast the positive response in Christianity. While in no way assuming that Shakespeare was proselytizing, Benson suggests that ignoring the images of resurrection and religion in the plays leaves out an important factor in the intent of the author. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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