Analysis Of The Book ' Rabkin ' By William Shakespeare Essay

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Rabkin starts his second chapter by summarizing that Shakespeare’s art includes a world whose principles are never in doubt, but it is never as simple as one expects. Henry V is another one of Shakespeare’s controversial plays. There have been many different ways of looking at the controversy, but Rabkin argues that they are all wrong. Rabkin states that “Shakespeare created a work whose ultimate power is precisely the fact that it points in two opposite directions” and ultimately, Shakespeare is pushing us to choose one of the two sides of interpretation (34). Rabkin compares this idea to the known illusion of the picture that, on one side, shows a duck, and when turned 90 degrees, shows a rabbit. Rabkin believes that we can look at both views differently, though we know the other is there, we cannot simply find a middle ground. Rabkin starts his first section of the chapter by stating that Henry V is not as simple as just a rabbit-duck. Henry V is certainly very complex as it is the last part of a whole series of plays. Rabkin states that he thinks Shakespeare knew that this would develop into something much larger than just Richard II. Each play in the series seemed to solve the problems it had, but the problems would erupt in a new form as soon as a new play had begun. By the time Henry V came to stage, the problems were so complex that the audience was unsure if there was a chance they could even be solved. At the end of Henry IV Part 1, we find Hal moving closer to…

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