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James Shapiro talks about his documentary “Shakespeare: The King’s Man,” and reveals little known details about Shakespeare’s life and work.
I had thought that MacBeth, what I find to be the most powerful play, is a portrait not only perhaps of Queen Elizabeth but also of James I, a Scottish king, is a very nice idea, thanks.
Measure for Measure seems to have been written in the period before the plot and the renewed anti-Catholic laws, and it's his only play openly about Catholicism.
In "The Anatomy of Melancholy" Robert Burton mentions Shakespeare once, very briefly, and only in relation to one of the epic poems (I think Venus and Adonis). Wouldn't you think Burton would have spent more time on the great depictions of the qualities he talked about in his book, e.g., Othello's jealousy, Lear's rage, and of course Hamlet's melancholy? Were the plays considered so vulgar that they would have been deemed unworthy of such a learned tome?
Isn't MacBeth more a commentary on Queen Elizabeth, or also as related to the plot?
The earlier book on Shakespeare by Greenblatt also posited that Shakespeare was a closeted Catholic. Also would appreciate comment on "Dark Lady" of sonnets, and the viability of others as author of the works.
It ended the hopes that Catholics would be free from terrible restrictions, which James I reinstituted after that plot.
It was just as anti-Catholic, except for the first year or two of James I.
There is a discussion now about Shakespeare's religion. Joseph Pearce and others make a good case that he was a Catholic and that one can see his Catholic thinking in his plays.
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