Date

1970

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Adviser

Hook, Frank S.

Abstract

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.

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