Penulis/Author: William Shakespeare
Penerbit/Publisher: A Signet Classic
Dimensi/Dimension: 10.5 x 18 x 2cm
Call No.: 822/Sha/h/C.1
Tragedy of the first order is a rare phenomenon. It came into being in Greece in the fifth century B.C. where it flourished for a while, and it did not appear again until some two thousand years later when Shakespeare wrote Hamlet in 1600. The second incarnation of the spirit of the tragedy differs greatly from the first in form and method. In Shakespeare the comic and the serious are not diassasociated. His brightest moment pass quickly into shadow, and laughter often illuminates his darkest scenes. The comic and the tragic stand side by side, giving us a fuller view of the thing observed, neither canceling out the other. A hallmark of Shakespeare's mature work is its simultaneity, the presentation of things and their opposites at the same time. Coleridge called him "myriad-minded." There had been an alternation of the dark and the light in English drama almost from the beginning, but it remained for Shakespeare to make each a part of the other. He was able to do so because he knew that the difference between comedy and tragedy has nothing to do with subject matter. Each is a way of looking at life. Neither gives us a total view of life, nor does Shakespeare in his use of both; but he approaches totality more closely than any other dramatist.
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