The Life of Shakspeare; Enquiries Into the Originality of His Dramatic Plots and Characters and Essays on the Ancient Theatres and Theatrical Usages Volume 2

The Life of Shakspeare; Enquiries Into the Originality of His Dramatic Plots and Characters and Essays on the Ancient Theatres and Theatrical Usages Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1824 edition. Excerpt: ... king, why, chance may crown me then without my stir.""' Unhappily, however, Mac beth is not suffered to repose on his own vir tuous decisions, for evil meets with a powerful coadjutor in his all-daring, _and insatiably ambitious wife. His purity is already sullied by the thought of murder; the admission of its possibility, and his near and serious contemplation of it, are the next steps in the scale of guilt; and nothing is necessary to reconcile Macbeth to hazard the joys of a future world for splendour and pre-eminence in this, but an assurance that the assassination would seat him in peaceful security upon Duncan's throne, without the production of any other consequence. But such security, he was aware, could scarcely, under any possibility, be the result of the deed he meditated. He who ascends a throne by blood, does but instruct others against himself: the poisoned chalice is reserved, by even-handed justice, for the lips of the preparer, and the life of the usurper is necessarily an existence of terror and suspicion. From a prospect so melancholy, the susceptible Macbeth naturally turns to reflection on the enormity of the crime he contemplated; the virtues of his intended victim rise in judgment against the brutality of his own thoughts, and he resolves to " proceed no further in the business.""' As particularly illustrative of Macbeth's character, and of Shakspeare's skill in the use of his materials, the celebrated soliloquy has been dwelt on at unusual length. When it is read in Holinshed, that "the prick of conscien ce (as it chanceth ever in tyrants, and such as attain to any estate by unrighteous means) caused him ever to fear, least he should be served of the same cup...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236528859
  • 9781236528858