Paul Ricoeur’s The Symbolism of Evil and the Problem of Evil in Marston’s Antonio Plays

  • Jadwiga Smith
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 82)


The drama of the Jacobean period explores evil with passion but also with an almost scientific determination and focus. The evil in the Jacobean tragedy is both insidious and violent, often politically motivated but interwoven with sexual intensity, eloquent though at times rhetorically overwrought, and, despite its fanciful theatricality, chillingly executed on stage. The evil in the plays of Marston, Webster, Ford, Middleton and Turner almost never fails to appear jarringly shocking but nonetheless familiar, immediately recognizable, the only element of the plays to be agreed upon critically since other issues can be questioned, such as love, friendship, honesty, marriage, innocence, honor, and a stoic view of life.


Cultural Relativism Cultural Anthropology Happy Ending Transcendental Deduction Existential Concept 
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  1. Marston, John.The Malcontent and Other Plays. Ed. Keith Sturgess. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1997.Google Scholar
  2. Ricoeur, Paul.The Symbolism of Evil. Trans. Emerson Buchanan. Boston: Beacon P., 1969.Google Scholar

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