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" A play in which the wicked prosper, and the virtuous miscarry, may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the common events of human life : but since all reasonable beings naturally love justice, I cannot easily be persuaded, that the... "
The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare - Page 545
by William Shakespeare - 1826
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William Shakespeare, King Lear

Susan Bruce - 1998 - 192 pages
...[see Addison above]. ... A play in which the wicked prosper, and the virtuous miscarry, may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the...if other excellencies are equal, the audience will noi always rise better pleased from the final triumph of persecuted virtue. In the present case the...
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Shakespeare's Dramatic Genres

Lawrence Danson, Lawrence (Professor of English Danson, Professor of English Princeton University) - 2000 - 160 pages
...the wicked prosper and the virtuous miscarry may doubtless be good, because it is a just [accurate] representation of the common events of human life;...better pleased from the final triumph of persecuted virtue.'5 It is all too easy for us today to laugh at Johnson's passionate commitment to an unconditional,...
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King Lear

William Shakespeare - 2002 - 162 pages
...faith of chronicles ... A play in which the wicked prosper and the virtuous miscarry may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the...present case the public has decided. Cordelia, from the time of Tate1, has always retired with victory and felicity. And, if my sensations could add anything...
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Shakespeare Survey, Volume 38

Stanley Wells - 2002 - 272 pages
...the faith of chronicles A play in which the wicked prosper, and the virtuous miscarry, may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the...observation of justice makes a play worse ; or, that if the other excellencies are equal, the audience will not always rise better pleased from the final triumph...
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Shakespeare Survey: Volume 55, King Lear and Its Afterlife: An Annual Survey ...

Peter Holland - 2002 - 410 pages
...faith of the chronicles ... A play in which the wicked prosper and the virtuous miscarry may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the...reasonable beings naturally love justice, I cannot be easily persuaded that the observation of justice makes a play worse; or that, if other excellencies...
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Understanding King Lear: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and ...

Donna Woodford - 2004 - 183 pages
...has lost half its beauty A play in which the wicked prosper, and the virtuous miscarry, may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the...present case the public has decided. Cordelia, from the time of Tate, has always retired with victory and felicity. And, if my sensations could add anything...
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Radical Tragedy: Religion, Ideology, and Power in the Drama of Shakespeare ...

Jonathan Dollimore - 2004 - 312 pages
...and aesthetic pleasure: 'A play in which the wicked prosper and the virtuous miscarry may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the...that the observation of justice makes a play worse' (Selected Writings, pp. 294-5). Again, the crucial question poses itself: is this 'justice' - which,...
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Beginning Shakespeare

Lisa Hopkins - 2005 - 212 pages
...lost half its beauty ... A play in which the wicked prosper, and the virtuous miscarry, may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the...pleased from the final triumph of persecuted virtue. There are several noteworthy assumptions here. Living as he did in a world which the scientific discoveries...
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The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare

Emma Smith - 2007
...for justice in tragedy: 'a play in which the wicked prosper, and the virtuous miscarry, may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the...that the observation of justice makes a play worse' (see my Blackwell Guides to Criticism: Shakespeare's Tragedies, Blackwell, 2004, for this and more...
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The Tragedy of King Lear: With Classic and Contemporary Criticisms

William Shakespeare - 2008 - 340 pages
...virtuous miscarry, may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the common events in human life: but since all reasonable beings naturally...present case the public has decided. Cordelia, from the time of Tate, has always retired with victory and felicity. And, if my sensations could add anything...
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