The Seven Deadly Sins and Shakespeare’s Jacobean Tragedies

Ronald Horton

in Shakespeare and Spenser

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780719079627
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701058 | DOI:
The Seven Deadly Sins and Shakespeare’s Jacobean Tragedies

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This chapter focuses on the concept of the seven deadly sins, considering it as a track for the motivating vices in Shakespeare's tragedies after Hamlet. It studies Spenser's account of the seven deadly sins in the Faerie Queene as a natural source for Shakespeare, along with the evidence that Shakespeare was very familiar with the 1590 edition of The Faerie Queene. The chapter determines that Shakespeare's basic medieval affinities should not be doubted; it is the moral-allegorical nature of his plays which should be questioned.

Keywords: seven deadly sins; motivating vices; medieval affinities; moral-allegorical nature

Chapter.  8311 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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