Master of Arts
Frank S. Hook
Freudian criticism of Shakespeare stands in direct opposition to a trend in modern criticim which feels that Shakespeare faithfully portrays traditional dramatic characters in a conventional manner, oblivious to their psychological potential. The Freudian critics look upon Shakespeare's characters as similar to real human beings; their actions do not only serve in the interest of dramatic aesthetics; they also betray the character's innermost feelings.
Allen, Marlene J., "Freudian interpretations of the henry IV plays, with special emphasis on the character of falstaff" (1970). Theses and Dissertations. 3831.