Shakespeare Attacks Bigotry

A Close Reading of Six Plays


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About the Book

The author argues that Renaissance humanism created a system of bigotry and eroded the practice of Christianity, and that Shakespeare attempted to expose and condemn that shift. The book examines six of his plays—Titus Andronicus, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth—and explores how they satirized humanism’s grounding in Aristotle’s philosophy of slavery and supremacy. Shakespeare used characters like Hamlet and Aaron the Moor to attack that bigotry, and his stance against racism and humanism revealed his Catholic faith.

About the Author(s)

Elaine L. Robinson is a retired English literature instructor.

Bibliographic Details

Elaine L. Robinson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 216
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4039-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5364-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgment      vii

Preface      1

Introduction      5

Titus Andronicus      11

The Merchant of Venice      37

Hamlet      63

Othello      90

King Lear      133

Macbeth      173

Chapter Notes      197

Bibliography      203

Index      205