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The Bible in Shakespeare$
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Hannibal Hamlin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677610

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677610.001.0001

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Shakespeare's Variations on Themes from Genesis 1–3

Shakespeare's Variations on Themes from Genesis 1–3

(p.127) 4 Shakespeare's Variations on Themes from Genesis 1–3
The Bible in Shakespeare

Hannibal Hamlin

Oxford University Press

The story told in Genesis 1–3 is probably the most often alluded to in Shakespeare's plays, not surprisingly, since it was one of the foundational myths of Western culture. Extended allusions to the Garden of Eden and the Fall of Man recur across all of Shakespeare's genres and over the course of his theatrical career: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Richard II, 1 and 2 Henry IV, Henry V, Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, Love's Labour's Lost, and As You Like It. The specific function of the Genesis story changes from one genre and play to another, but it is a continuing aspect of Shakespeare's exploration of love, marriage, and family; gender and procreation; sin and redemption; and the progress of history

Keywords:   shakespeare, genesis, adam and eve, gender, sex, the fall, richard ii, hamlet, romeo and juliet

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