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So the play is supposed to provoke a valuable reaction of fear, but in its plot, the city of Antwerp is characterised by fear and cowardice, on the part of the citizens the Burghers and the governor of the city, who are afraid of offending the Spaniards if they accept the reinforcement from the Prince of Orange, and who are unable to react. Their cowardice is also marked by a gender inversion, when the wife of one of the burghers points to his lack of courage: In the meantime, the only brave character is the poor soldier who is the hero of the play, Vaughan, or Stump, called so because he has lost one of his legs.

To come back to Macbeth, if his fear is absent on the battlefield, after the murder of Duncan it never leaves him: Fear even materialises on stage, when Banquo comes to haunt him. Lady Macbeth rebukes him for that passion: This is the very painting of your fear; This is the air-drawn dagger which you said Led you to Duncan. She is, indirectly, suggesting that there is efficient imagination at work—able, let us remember, to place a character on stage, Banquo, a character that the audience can Anon AnonT There is, in this passage, a contradictory poetic art, a poetics of fear in reverse that tries to deny what we see on stage: We could say that it is a very creative passion that translates to fiction, in a way: This passage is situated, by the way, in between two moments when his tragedy takes on an ironic turn as reality denies his absence of fear: Contrary to fear, anxiety concerns the mind more than it concerns imagination.

Interestingly, even though the OED gives as the first known occurrence of the word, it is quite rare to find it before , and it is used a lot more after Anon AnonT This is characteristic of the Shakespearean tragic self. Henry Smith, The preachers proclamacion Discoursing the vanity of all earthly things, and prooving that there is no contentation to a Christian minde, but onely in the feare of God , London, Written in French by M. Dedicated by the Author to the French-kings Maiestie: With a true declaration of manie particulars touching the same.

All faithfully translated out of the French by E. Aeneid I-VI , trans. Rushton Fairclough, revised by G. Now shed againe in English …,Printed at Britaine Burse for John Budge , and are there to be sold at his shop, , p. A fac-simile reprint , ed. With their Causes and Effects. Written by ye Reverend Father in God F. Translated into English by Edw: Apr 29, Apr 24, Cale books view quotes. Apr 21, Doug books view quotes. Apr 17, Jim books view quotes. Giannis books view quotes.

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