Search results

You are looking at 1 - 2 of 2 items for :

  • "Shakespearean Tragic" x
  • Manchester Literature Studies x
  • All content x
Clear All
Open Access (free)
Representations of Irish political leaders in the ‘Haughey’ plays of Carr, Barry and Breen
Anthony Roche

which suggested itself, as much on the political as on the theatrical stage, was the figure of the Shakespearean tragic hero. Was Haughey a great man brought down by the machinations of his political enemies, a figure of great intelligence and talent betrayed by a singular flaw in that same nature, or a small man devoted to the street tactics of survival and deluded by his own hubris? When Haughey stepped down from the office of Taoiseach in 1992, he did so by quoting from Othello: ‘I have done the state some service, and they know’t; / No more of that.’6

in Irish literature since 1990
Reflections on the narrative mode of Fools of Fortune
Michael O’Neill

that calls forth a self-defining answer. The phrase ‘as little chance for any one of us’ has as its most evident meaning the idea that all three are ‘fools of fortune’. But it also suggests that, in each case, they have been taken out of the world of ‘chance’ into a place where they are chosen by (and yet also choose) their destiny. The novel’s engagement with Shakespearean tragic drama is here most apparent. The ending is a space of duplicitous possibility: if Willie and Marianne are fugitives from an awareness of fatedness, the novel makes it clear such an impulse

in William Trevor