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A Shakespearean tragedy as so far considered may be
by Andrew Coyle Bradley

A Shakespearean tragedy as so far considered may be
called a story of exceptional calamity leading to the
death of a man in high estate.
But it is clearly much more than this,
and we have now to regard it from another side.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

Most people, even among those who know Shakespeare
well and come into real contact with his mind,
are inclined to isolate and exaggerate some one aspect of the tragic fact.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

In speaking, for convenience, of devices and expedients,
I did not intend to imply that Shakespeare always deliberately
aimed at the effects which he produced.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

Shakespeare also introduces the supernatural into some of his tragedies;
he introduces ghosts,
and witches who have supernatural knowledge.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

 

Nor does the idea of a moral order asserting itself
against attack or want of conformity answer in full
to our feelings regarding the tragic character.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

In approaching our subject it will be best,
without attempting to shorten the path by referring
to famous theories of the drama,
to start directly from the facts, and to collect from
them gradually an idea of Shakespearean Tragedy.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

When Shakespeare begins his exposition thus he generally
at first makes people talk about the hero,
but keeps the hero himself for some time out of sight,
so that we await his entrance with curiosity,
and sometimes with anxiety.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

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Shakespeare's idea of the tragic fact is larger than
this idea and goes beyond it;
but it includes it,
and it is worth while to observe the identity of the
two in a certain point which is often ignored.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

We might not object to the statement that Lear deserved to suffer for his folly,
selfishness and tyranny; but to assert that he deserved
to suffer what he did suffer is to do violence not
merely to language but to any healthy moral sense.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

King Lear alone among these plays has a distinct double action.
Besides this, it is impossible, I think,
from the point of view of construction,
to regard the hero as the leading figure.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

Job was the greatest of all the children of the east,
and his afflictions were well-nigh more than he could bear;
but even if we imagined them wearing him to death,
that would not make his story tragic.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

Shakespeare very rarely makes the least attempt to
surprise by his catastrophes.
They are felt to be inevitable, though the precise
way in which they will be brought about is not,
of course, foreseen.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

Both Brutus and Hamlet are highly intellectual by nature and reflective by habit.
Both may even be called, in a popular sense,
philosophic; Brutus may be called so in a stricter sense.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

But, in addition, there is, all through the tragedy,
a constant alternation of rises and falls in this tension
or in the emotional pitch of the work,
a regular sequence of more exciting and less exciting sections.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

In the first place, it must be remembered that our
point of view in examining the construction of a play
will not always coincide with that which we occupy
in thinking of its whole dramatic effect.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

We cannot arrive at Shakespeare's whole dramatic way
of looking at the world from his tragedies alone,
as we can arrive at Milton's way of regarding things,
or at Wordsworth's or at Shelley's, by examining almost
any one of their important works.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

In Shakespearean tragedy the main source of the convulsion
which produces suffering and death is never good:
good contributes to this convulsion only from its tragic
implication with its opposite in one and the same character.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

I was in 20 Shakespearean plays by the time I was 20.
- John Lithgow

I say this quite deliberately, this is the finest Shakespearean performance I've seen.
- Donald Wolfit

If you see the Sopranos, you're not going to be speaking
in the Shakespearean English.
- Lucy Liu

I'm working now on a collection of Shakespearean sonnets,
about 100 of them, that I may publish if anyone's interested.
My take on life is a little different from the bard's.
- Jack Prelutsky

Then I got out of the service, and I was going to be a Shakespearean actor.
- Harvey Korman

Nobody's ever called me Sir Richard.
Occasionally in America, I hear people saying Sir Richard
and think there's some Shakespearean play taking place.
But nowhere else anyway.
- Richard Branson

My dream as a youngster was to be like Olivier.
To be a great stage actor.
To be a great Shakespearean actor.
To me that is the Olympics of acting.
- Armand Assante

Our job is to make manifest the story,
to be it.
In a sense, the theatre is such a big star itself,
bigger than any Shakespearean actor I could hire,
that we should take the opportunity to fill it with
voice and verse and movement,
not interpretation.
- Mark Rylance

You have a choice about the perspective you take on life.
See tragedy, and the world is tragic -
see beauty, and the world is beautiful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
- Benjamin E. Mays

Life is not a tragedy, it is a comedy.
To be alive means to have a sense of humor.
- Osho

There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child.
Things never get back to the way they were.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

In human intercourse the tragedy begins,
not when there is misunderstanding about words,
but when silence is not understood.
- Henry David Thoreau

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.
- Albert Schweitzer

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon,
but that we wait so long to begin it.
- Anonymous

Tragedy is when I cut my finger.
Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.
- Mel Brooks

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool,
a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
- Sholom Aleichem

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy,
but that it is a bore.
It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
- H. L. Mencken

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy
of this period of social transition
was not the strident clamor of the bad people,
but the appalling silence of the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.
- Irvin S. Cobb

The effort to understand the universe is one
of the very few things that lifts human life
a little above the level of farce,
and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
- Steven Weinberg

We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder
with our American friends in this hour of tragedy,
and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.
- Tony Blair

It was a Greek tragedy.
Nixon was fulfilling his own nature.
Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful
hypothesis by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle
than the courage of a final moment;
but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.
- John F. Kennedy

Satire is tragedy plus time.
You give it enough time, the public,
the reviewers will allow you to satirize it.
Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.
- Lenny Bruce

A popular government without popular information or
the means of acquiring it,
is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy,
or perhaps both.
- James Madison

Tragedy is restful: and the reason is that hope,
that foul, deceitful thing, has no part in it.
- Jean Anouilh

What we think of as our sensitivity is only the higher
evolution of terror in a poor dumb beast.
We suffer for nothing.
Our own death wish is our only real tragedy.
- Mario Puzo

Losing a game is heartbreaking.
Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.
- Joe Paterno

Tragedy in life normally comes with betrayal and compromise,
and trading on your integrity and not having dignity in life.
That's really where failure comes.
- Tom Cochrane

City government can and must help San Franciscans prepare
for emergencies in order to avoid tragedy where possible
and minimize loss of life and property when emergencies occur.
- Gavin Newsom

History repeats itself, first as tragedy,
second as farce.
- Karl Marx

I think art can reflect tragedy.
- John Corigliano

What makes America great is that we can come together
during times of national tragedy.
- Dennis Hastert

The world is a comedy to those that think,
a tragedy to those who feel.
- Horace Walpole

The difference between tragedy and comedy:
Tragedy is something awful happening to somebody else,
while comedy is something awful happening to somebody else.
- Aaron Allston

The death of one man is a tragedy.
The death of millions is a statistic.
- Joseph Stalin

Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.
- Clarence Darrow

The key element in tragedy is that heroes and heroines
are destroyed by that which appears to be their greatest strength.
- Robert Shea

It is true that I have had heartache and tragedy in my life.
These are things none of us avoids.
Suffering is the price of being alive.
- Judy Collins

A tragedy need not have blood and death;
it's enough that it all be filled with that majestic
sadness that is the pleasure of tragedy.
- Jean Racine

Laughter is ever young, whereas tragedy,
except the very highest of all, quickly becomes haggard.
- Margaret Sackville

Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy,
which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.
- William Butler Yeats

The main cause of my difficulties stemmed from the
tragedy of my daughter's unsound birth and my inability to face my feelings.
- Gene Tierney

My bones are tired from all the tragedy in me.
- Peter Krause

I think it's the tragedy of our time that we're not
aware of the affect of the manner in which we've adopted tools.
Those tools have become who we are.
- Godfrey Reggio

It's such a tragedy that man endures in killing his
brother and his own kind,
putting him in jail and insane asylums,
letting him lay out in the street.
- Sun Ra

In this sport luck and tragedy are only a few hundredths
of seconds apart from each other.
- Jacky Ickx

Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows,
and there is his tragedy.
- Havelock Ellis

Unfortunately, since the Sept.
11 tragedy, our business is not doing too well.
- Hunter Tylo

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark;
the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
- Plato

Greek philosophy seems to have met with something with
which a good tragedy is not supposed to meet,
namely, a dull ending.
- Karl Marx


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