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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... his ignorance of human nature betrayed him in a succeeding scene , into the
enormous absurdity of making both Rodogune and the queen without hesitation ,
the one advise the lover to murder his mistress , the other the son to murder his ...
Clytemnestra is represented by Euripides , as under great terrors , on account of
the murder of Agamemnon ; but they arise from Fear of Punishment , not
Repentance . It is not the memory of the assassinated husband , which haunts
mind from the horror he feels , at the thought of the murder ; but our author is too
much addicted to the obscure bombast , much affected by all sorts of writers in
that age . The abhorrence Macbeth feels at the suggestion of assassinating his ...
How terrible to him , how repugnant to his nature , we plainly perceive , when ,
even in the moment that he summons up therefolu . tion needful to perform it ,
horrid phantasms present themselves : murder alarmed by his sentinel the wolf ...
The Poet has contrived to throw a tincture of remorse even into Macbeth's
refolution to murder Banquo .. He does not proceed in it like a man , who ,
impenitent in crimes , and wanton in success , gaily goes forward in his violent
career ; but ...
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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