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Aureng-Zebe


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A tragedy by Dryden, produced 1675, published 1676.

The plot is remotely based on the contemporary events by which the Mogul Aureng‐Zebe wrested the empire of India from his father and his brothers. The hero is a figure of exemplary rationality, virtue, and patience, whose step‐mother lusts after him and whose father pursues the woman with whom Aureng‐Zebe is himself in love. This last of Dryden's rhymed heroic plays evinces a deeply disturbing awareness of the anarchy and impotence which threaten every aspect of human life.

Subjects: Literature.


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John Dryden (1631—1700) poet, playwright, and critic


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