The Competitor

The Competitor

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ...later scenes. In these we forget the tyrant of the first part of the play, and compassion takes the place of disgust. Julius Ciesar, as delineated in his own speeches in Shakespeare's play, is not the Julius Caesar of history. In these, he is a boaster who contradicts himself; in the most important action of his life, judging from its consequences, he is led alternately by Calpornia and Decius, while professing loudly his nuchaugeableness of resolve. To the former he says: ' Danger knows full well That Csesar is more dangerous than he." Yet a speech of half a dozen lines from his wife, and he changes his mind. A few sarcastic sentences from Decius Brutus, and we have another fluctuation: "Give me my robe, for I will go." But there is no dissimulation; his irresolution, disguised only to himself, is apparent to the other actors; in his own imagination, he is loftily immutable. Cffisar, as painted by his bitter enemy Cassius, and by the magnanimity of Brutus, is more heroic. He is greater in the depreciatory speeches of the former than in his own; and the latter acknowledges freely his noble qualities. In "Richard II.," we find that the ruling forces in England were an aristocracy and a king, the latter depending on his personal qualities for his political weight. Richard falls by a combination of the nobles; Bolingbroke takes his place through their support, and through his descent from Edward III. Neither of these qualifications would suffice by itself, nor both combined, unless aided by his political skill. Bat the commonalty have to he reckoned with; nothing mnst be done which will offend the national sentiment, and ahove all, which presses upon them pecuniarily: "And that's the wavering commons; for their love Lies ill...show more

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  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 426g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236884930
  • 9781236884930