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Shakespeare's Early History PlaysFrom Chronicle to Stage$
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Dominique Goy-Blanquet

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198119876

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119876.001.0001

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Grammatical Laws

Grammatical Laws

(p.87) 3 Grammatical Laws
Shakespeare's Early History Plays

Dominique Goy-Blanquet

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows that Shakespeare recycles every detail of the chronicle, highlights or plays them down, combines scraps of information, produces keys to clarify them, or motives to lend them credibility. It adds that some major changes happen without significant alteration of the original event, simply by omitting intervals, merging episodes, or connecting independent facts. It explores the methods that radically alter their meaning. It discusses that the play shows mastery in the choice of significant episodes and traces of many readings apart from Hall, and the use at specific points of several chronicles. It explains that all the play's characters are present in the chronicles, and some in anonymous fashion. It discusses that the chroniclers provided fairly detailed portraits of the most notorious figures, but seldom enquire into the motives or personalities of the minor ones.

Keywords:   plot, nodal points, causal system, judicial system, anonymity, major characters, minor characters, Hall

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