English 366B, Section S02
: Shakespeare's Histories and Tragedies >
: Order and Disorder
Order and Disorder
Hierarchies and challenges to them
The Medieval universe
: a closed space, ordered and hierarchical.
Where do you find hierarchies in
The elements and humours
: a symmetrical four, again with its hierarchy.
Are there any characters in
who fit the humours?
Ladders and chains
How rigid is the social structure of Shakespeare's histories?
Political Order/Political Reality
in the Kingdom
: From King to gardener
Order in the family
and between the sexes?.
Microcosm and macrocosm
: out there and in here.
Carlisle speaks of the disruption in that will follow deposition
Are there any other signs of cosmic disturbance in the play?
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