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Shakespeare and SpenserAttractive Opposites$
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J. B Lethbridge

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079627

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079627.001.0001

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The Seven Deadly Sins and Shakespeare’s Jacobean Tragedies

The Seven Deadly Sins and Shakespeare’s Jacobean Tragedies

(p.242) The Seven Deadly Sins and Shakespeare’s Jacobean Tragedies
Shakespeare and Spenser

Ronald Horton

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on the concept of the seven deadly sins, considering it as a track for the motivating vices in Shakespeare's tragedies after Hamlet. It studies Spenser's account of the seven deadly sins in the Faerie Queene as a natural source for Shakespeare, along with the evidence that Shakespeare was very familiar with the 1590 edition of The Faerie Queene. The chapter determines that Shakespeare's basic medieval affinities should not be doubted; it is the moral-allegorical nature of his plays which should be questioned.

Keywords:   seven deadly sins, motivating vices, medieval affinities, moral-allegorical nature

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