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By William Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate, Eric Rasmussen

ISBN-10: 1588368890

ISBN-13: 9781588368898

"Golden lads and ladies all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust."
--Cymbeline

Eminent Shakespearean students Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen offer a clean re-creation of this vintage tragedy during which not anything is because it seems.

THIS quantity additionally contains greater than 100 PAGES OF particular FEATURES:

• an unique advent to Cymbeline
• incisive scene-by-scene synopsis and research with very important proof in regards to the work
• statement on previous and present productions in keeping with interviews with prime administrators, actors, and designers
• pictures of key RSC productions
• an outline of Shakespeare's theatrical profession and chronology of his plays

Ideal for college kids, theater pros, and common readers, those glossy and available variants from the Royal Shakespeare corporation set a brand new typical in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.

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Trauma reflects a shattering nature often unavailable to conscious recollection and understanding. Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov replicate the murky patterns of human consciousness, the inchoate barrage of impressions, impulses, memories, and eruptions of anguish and desire that form the thought patterns of modern culture. They tried to reverse the traditional consensus of nineteenth-century drama; instead of rendering the social landscape by a searchlight of melodrama’s sweeping surfaces, they prowled the labyrinthine cubicles of the inner self, the dehiscence of everyday existence.

The grave kills memory (34). To be modern as Danton (and Woyzeck, as we will shortly see) is to be cognizant of the alienation from authority and to understand the powerlessness it creates. Romantic idealists hoped that by overthrowing the past a vastly improved future would emerge; but modernists knew better. The whole edifice of reason argued for by the Enlightenment, and the whole foundation of lyricism and aesthetic beauty as the antidote to the modern world argued for by Schiller and the Romanticists, are challenged – indeed overthrown and refuted by Büchner’s skepticism and vision of revolutionary horror.

Our kind is miserable only once: in this world and in the next. I think if we ever got to Heaven we’d have to help with the thunder (110). This speech is remarkable for several reasons. First is Woyzeck’s prescient understanding of money. Not just cash, but what money means socially, politically, and ethically; as Marx noted (see quote above), money has the power to change reality and ethics. Second is his keen, self-effacing irony about his proletarian condition: even God partakes in the joke at his expense.

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