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Monday, April 28, 2008

Characters of Shakespear's Plays (1817) by William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

If you have to read Shakespeare, this classic book might help.

Writing of about Shakespeare's play Othello:
It excites our sympathy in an extraordinary degree. The moral it conveys has a closer application to the concerns of human life than that of any other of Shakespear's plays. "It comes directly home to the bosoms and business of men." The pathos in Lear is indeed more dreadful and overpowering: but it is less natural, and less of every day's occurrence. We have not the same degree of sympathy with the passions described in Macbeth. The interest in Hamlet is more remote and reflex. That of Othello is at once equally profound and affecting.

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