An Examination of the Five Major Literary Periods of Shakespeare
Hooker, John Mason, 1952-2013
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The author presents an overview of Shakespeare’s evolution as a playwright and personal maturation concerning his attitude toward the situation of man emphasizing the definitive, the ambiguous, the paradoxical, the grotesque, and the fantastic in each respective literary phase. The author chose five plays to represent the five periods for his analysis: Richard the Third, which introduces the definitive and historical element; Hamlet, which introduces the ambiguous element; King Lear, which introduces the paradoxical and ironical element; Macbeth, which the grotesque element; and The Tempest, which introduces the fantastical element.