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March 12, 2007

EL312: Shakespeare's A for effort

The form of romance thus moves closer to the puppet show... a form of popular drama with a strong appeal to children, precisely because that can see that the action is being manipulated. (300)

Taking out the fourth wall, then, is a good thing for a romance? I'm supposing that this refers to the previous statement Frye made on page 299 about Shakespeare's need to keep the play in line with the childlike desires "to see a show and be told a story." I can understand this... I appreciate the evidence that Frye gives to support this, and I think that, reflecting on "The Tempest," Shakespeare got more than an A for effort.

I think I might have enjoyed Frye's essay, even though I found it a bit confusing (or at least I didn't really know what the thesis was...). The points he made were valid and seemed to make sense, but connecting them together? Not so much... at least for me. (Any pointers?)

Frye, ''Shakespeare's The Tempest'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Posted by KarissaKilgore at March 12, 2007 8:16 PM


I wish I had some pointers to help you out. I was lost also. Once he mentioned the tragicomedies I couldn't stop thining about horror comedies(I know off the subject). But that was my experience with Frye.

Posted by: Mitchell Steele at March 15, 2007 11:43 AM

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