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Analyzing Shakespeare's Action : Scene versus Sequence - Charles A. Hallett

Analyzing Shakespeare's Action

Scene versus Sequence

Hardcover Published: 25th February 2003
ISBN: 9780521392037
Number Of Pages: 244

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In this book, Charles and Elaine Hallett invite the reader to follow the actions of Shakespeare's plays. They show that the conventional division of the plays into scenes does not help the reader or play-goer to discover how the narrative works. They offer instead a division into smaller units which they define as beats, sequences and frames. For both scholar and practitioner, their observations offer new insights about how the building blocks of the plays are deployed. Detailed analysis of the unfolding action reveals that Shakespeare's scenes frequently consist of a series of sequences, each with its own individual climax, and these sequences are regularly built up of a succession of smaller units, or beats. Several sequences usually work together to create a still larger action, or frame. Study of these components yields valuable information about Shakespeare's playwriting techniques, information not readily available elsewhere in critical literature, and of immense value in articulating the dramatic rhythms and structure of Shakespeare's action. This analytical method, while especially tuned to Shakespeare, can also be adapted to other dramatists in varying degrees. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of Shakespeare and theatre studies as well as to actors and directors.

Scene versus sequence in Shakespeare+s plays
The beat defined
Ancillary beats: the interval beat, the interpolated beat, the linking beat
Sequential beats: the introductory beat
Sequential beats: the concluding beat
Sequential beats: the intensifying beat
The dramatic question
Observing and meditating sequences
Reporting and interrogating sequences
Persuading sequences
Disputing sequences
Commanding sequences
Sequences combined: the frame
Index of sequences analyzed
General index
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ISBN: 9780521392037
ISBN-10: 0521392039
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 25th February 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.46