The discovery of the unconscious has brought a new dimension to the criticism of rest works of literature. Notable studies of Hamlet by depth psychologists are in existence, but the total meaning of Shakespeare for western European culture has not, so far, been dealt with as deeply nor as comprehensively as is done by James Kirsch in Shakespeare’s Royal Self. Shakespeare is a prophet of western culture. Dr. Kirsch, in his study of three of the great tragedies, sheds new light on the miracle we call Shakespeare and on the extent to which his genius reached forward into the present day to provoke and rally those forces in us which are life-creative.
Shakespeare’s Royal Self is an analysis of Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth in which an eminent analytical psychologist examines each of the plays as he would the dream of a patient in his consulting room. The result is a comprehensive analysis of the principal characters, their unconscious motivations, their relationships to other figures in the drama, and, most illuminating of all, when they reveal about the playwright himself.
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