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Music of the Close: The Final Scenes of Shakespeare's Tragedies

Foreman, Walter C.

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ISBN 10: 0813113660 / ISBN 13: 9780813113661
Published by Univ Pr of Kentucky, 1978
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Title: Music of the Close: The Final Scenes of ...

Publisher: Univ Pr of Kentucky

Publication Date: 1978

Book Condition:Good

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In this book, Walter Foreman studies the closing scenes of Shakespeare's tragedies, considering the tragic structure of the plays and the shapes the tragic characters give their lives by the way they encounter death.

Foreman sees in the variety of tragic endings of the plays evidence that Shakespeare consciously experimented with tragic forms, for when he repeated he also changed, and changed more than superficially. Further, Foreman believes that these varieties and extensions of dramatic form were fundamentally a way of experiencing a various, often mysterious world. Extending and exploring the possibilities of tragic form, the playwright created dramatic worlds that mirror the possibilities of our own.

Among the tragedies, Foreman finds three―Hamlet, King Lear, and Antony and Cleopatra―that are more complex than the rest. He devotes the three final chapters of his book to the closing scenes of these plays and his readings of them are richly rewarding, giving new insights into Hamlet's acceptance of death, Lear's isolation in a moral storm, and Cleopatra's triumphant staging of her own death.

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Walter C. Foreman Jr. is associate professor of English at the University of Kentucky.

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