Characters of Shakespeare's Plays

William HAZLITT (1778 - 1830)

This famous Shakespearean exploration illuminates its plays through the frame of character, while also weighing theme, mood, structure and poetics. In it, 19th-century critic William Hazlitt unveils Shakespeare's genius in creating and infusing characters with a life-likeness that often challenges, if not overshadows, more material human nature -- in both inner and outer worlds. As he writes: "The characters breathe, move, and live, ... think and speak and act just as they might do, if left entirely to themselves." The first printing sold out in weeks, and the second sold briskly, until a harsh and antagonistic appraisal in The Quarterly Review quelled sales altogether -- and unraveled Hazlitt's critical cachet in the eyes of the general public. Not until the mid-twentieth century were Hazlitt and his works re-evaluated, when he was finally recognized as one of Shakespeare's foremost critics of all time. In literary criticism, the renowned Harold Bloom ranks Hazlitt second only to Dr. Johnson. - Summary by Nemo

Genre(s): Literary Criticism, Essays

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction Nemo
00:31:26
Play 01 Preface Nemo
00:27:15
Play 02 Cymbeline Eva Davis
00:19:01
Play 03 Macbeth Eva Davis
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00:28:03
Play 04 Julius Caesar Nemo
00:15:10
Play 05 Othello Eva Davis
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00:32:07
Play 06 Timon of Athens Eva Davis
00:10:53
Play 07 Coriolanus Eva Davis
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00:26:02
Play 08 Troilus and Cressida Eva Davis
00:17:12
Play 09 Antony and Cleopatra Eva Davis
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00:11:23
Play 10 Hamlet Eva Davis
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00:18:42
Play 11 The Tempest Eva Davis
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00:17:25
Play 12 The Midsummer Night's Dream Eva Davis
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00:13:34
Play 13 Romeo and Juliet Eva Davis
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00:30:34
Play 14 Lear Eva Davis
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00:47:02
Play 15 Richard II Nemo
00:17:39
Play 16 Henry IV in Two Parts Eva Davis
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00:27:25
Play 17 Henry V Nemo
00:20:34
Play 18 Henry VI in Three Parts Nemo
00:17:35
Play 19 Richard III Nemo
00:16:26
Play 20 Henry VIII Nemo
00:09:38
Play 21 King John Eva Davis
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00:22:05
Play 22 Twelfth Night; Or, What You Will Eva Davis
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00:14:32
Play 23 The Two Gentlemen of Verona Eva Davis
00:05:04
Play 24 The Merchant of Venice Nemo
00:14:20
Play 25 The Winter's Tale Eva Davis
00:13:04
Play 26 All's Well That Ends Well Eva Davis
00:08:08
Play 27 Love's Labour's Lost Eva Davis
00:07:00
Play 28 Much Ado About Nothing Eva Davis
00:09:27
Play 29 As You Like It Eva Davis
00:08:50
Play 30 The Taming of the Shrew Eva Davis
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00:11:28
Play 31 Measure for Measure Eva Davis
00:10:41
Play 32 The Merry Wives of Windsor Eva Davis
00:04:54
Play 33 The Comedy of Errors Eva Davis
00:05:13
Play 34 Doubtful Plays of Shakespeare Eva Davis
00:15:10
Play 35 Poems and Sonnets Eva Davis
00:10:38