ISBN : 9780198816393
Contrary to the view that Shakespeare was careless with plot details, Circumstantial Shakespeare reveals how he actually used circumstance to imply offstage actions, times, and places in terms of the motives and desires of his characters, thus creating coherent dramatic worlds and a sense of the feelings of characters inhabiting them.
Introduction; 1 'Quando?' (When?) in Romeo and Juliet; 2 'Imaginary Work': Opportunity in Lucrece and in King Lear; 3 Where and How? Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Maid's Tragedy; 4 'The Innocent Sleepe': Motive in Macbeth; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index