I shall discuss the more fully symbolic studies of the play later. Such criticism is concerned less with the interaction of characters, and more with supposed evidences of grander designs altogether, by means of various extensions of metaphor and allegory. It is important, before I do so, to separate the essential work done on the themes of the play in the last decades from those majestic symbolic illuminations which can so easily become the moonbeams of a larger lunacy. And even discussion of themes needs caution.
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