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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY

BY

A.C. BRADLEY


CONTENTS

1
INTRODUCTION

LECTURE I.
5
THE SUBSTANCE OF SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY

LECTURE II.
40
CONSTRUCTION IN SHAKESPEARE'S TRAGEDIES

LECTURE III.
79
SHAKESPEARE'S TRAGIC PERIOD -- HAMLET

LECTURE IV.
129
HAMLET

LECTURE V.
175
OTHELLO

LECTURE VI.
207
OTHELLO

LECTURE VII.
243
KING LEAR

LECTURE VIII.
280
KING LEAR

LECTURE IX.
331
MACBETH

LECTURE X.
366
MACBETH


NOTE   A.  Events before the opening of the action in Hamlet401

NOTE  B.  Where was Hamlet before his father's death?403

NOTE  C.  Hamlet's age407

NOTE  D.  'My tables -- meet it is I set it down'409

NOTE  E.  The Ghost in the cellarage412

NOTE  F.  The Player's speech in Hamlet413

NOTE  G.  Hamlet's apology to Laertes420

NOTE  H.  The exchange of rapiers422

NOTE  I.  The duration of the action in Othello423

NOTE  J.  The 'additions' in the Folio text of Othello.  The Pontic sea429

NOTE  K.  Othello's courtship432

NOTE  L.  Othello in the Temptation scene434

NOTE  M.  Questions as to Othello, iv. i.435

NOTE  N.  Two passages in the last scene of Othello437

NOTE  O.  Othello on Desdemona's last words438

NOTE  P.  Did Emilia suspect Iago?439

NOTE  Q.  Iago's suspicion regarding Cassio and Emilia441

NOTE  R.  Reminiscences of Othello in King Lear441

NOTE  S.  King Lear and Timon of Athens443

NOTE  T.  Did Shakespeare shorten King Lear?445

NOTE  U.  Movements of the dramatis personae in King Lear, II.448

NOTE  V.  Suspected interpolations in King Lear450

NOTE  W.  The staging of the scene of Lear's reunion with Cordelia453

NOTE  X.  The Battle in King Lear456

NOTE  Y.  Some difficult passages in King Lear458

NOTE  Z.  Suspected interpolations in Macbeth466

NOTE  AA.  Has Macbeth been abridged?467

NOTE  BB.  The date of Macbeth. Metrical Tests470

NOTE  CC.  When was the murder of Duncan first plotted?480

NOTE  DD.  Did Lady Macbeth really faint?484

NOTE  EE.  Duration of the action in Macbeth. Macbeth's age. 'He has not children'486

NOTE  FF.  The Ghost of Banquo492

      INDEX494