The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0645 Tuesday, 5 March 2002
From: R. Schmeeckle <
Date: Monday, 4 Mar 2002 09:15:23 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Shakespeare's Parallels
This is a query, which might lead to a rewarding thread.
King Lear offers a plot parallel, which I understand to reinforce the
universality of the theme of parental-children relationships. Also, it
provides character parallels, i.e. servants, daughters, sons, husbands,
which I interpret as contrasts of good and bad.
Is there a better way to describe the functions of these parallels and
the difference between them? Are character parallels of the kind
described the rule or the exception in the plays?
Other examples of plot parallels include the three sons who have lost a
father in Hamlet. Other examples of character parallels include Macbeth
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