Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
Naomi Conn Liebler
Paradox in Shakespeare’s four tragicomedies - Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest - is employed to explore the human experience, a journey filled with contradictions that thrive together. Shakespeare’s use of paradox takes on a different dimension in each play and, therefore, this essay will look at the paradox, or paradoxes, specific to individual plays. The value, then, of paradox in Shakespeare’s four tragicomedies is that they forge boundaries and evoke thought.
The essay is divided into the following sections: Introduction; Tragicomedy, discusses the tragicomic form; Paradox, takes a brief look at the subject of paradox; the discussion of paradox in Shakespeare’s four tragicomedies is presented in The Plays; and the Conclusion.
Gilson, Seamus, "Paradox in Shakespeare's Tragicomedies : Pericles, Cymberline, The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest" (2013). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 856.