Paul Ricoeur’s The Symbolism of Evil and the Problem of Evil in Marston’s Antonio Plays
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.
KeywordsCultural Relativism Cultural Anthropology Happy Ending Transcendental Deduction Existential Concept
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