Plays within Plays Analytical Essay by Neatwriter

Plays within Plays
A discussion of the concept of a play-within-the-play in "The Spanish Tragedy" by Thomas Kyd and Shakespeare's "The Tempest".
# 61770 | 1,728 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Oct 27, 2005 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (The Tempest)

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This paper discusses the plays "The Spanish Tragedy" by Thomas Kyd and Shakespeare's "The Tempest". The paper explains that these two plays present a demonstration of the use of the play-within-the-play device as a representation of human themes and cultural messages. The paper contends that while the play-within-the-play contributes to the denouement of plot, it also draws attention to the relative power of theater in society.

From the Paper:

"Themes of the human condition repeat themselves almost continually through the art of drama and through the realm of the real. Themes of human circumstances, moral and amoral influence the cultural representation of right and wrong, but strangely change very little over time. Things that are "wrong" in Shakespeare and Kyd's England similar to those which are "wrong" today. Betrayal and revenge flow together as a stream through the human soul and repeatedly show their influence upon art and humanity. Messages of revenge, a constant fascination of the Elizabethan period (1558-1603) and that of the England that followed her reign, often follow the form of the play-within-the-play dramatic technique and this is true of both the works discussed here."

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