An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespear Compared with the Greek and French Dramatic Poets: With Some Remarks Upon the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire
H. Hughs, 1772 - 288 pages
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In this play , great violence is done to the character of the persons , to which
Horace , and all good critics , prescribe a most exact adherence . And though the
Romans , who had conquered all other nations , had the best right to prefer their
In human nature , of which Shakespear's characters are a just imitation , every
passion is controlled and forced into ... are far more difficult to traces than the
steady undeviating line of the artificial character formed on one simple principle .
1 Macduff , of whose blood he says he has already had too much , compleat a
character uniformly preserved from the opening of the fable , to its conclusion . -
We find him ever answering to the first idea , we were made to conceive of him .
The supernatural The supernatural agents , in some measure , take off our
attention from the other characters ... To preserve in Macbeth a just consistency of
character ; to make that character naturally susceptible of those desires , that
were to ...
feminine character , as ferocity of sentiment . Nothing so deeply stains the human
character , as ingratitude . This lady , however odious she appears to the
spectator , is made to engage Cinna her lover , a nephew of the great Pompey ,
in a ...
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The admirers of this Essay may be offended at the slighting manner in which Johnson spoke of it; but let it be remembered, that he gave his honest opinion unbiassed by any prejudice, or any proud ... Read full review