This book aims to enable students to approach and understand Webster’s plays without being hindered by a surplus of technical and theoretical terminology. Nevertheless, when we read a four-hundredyears-old play, the verbal, literary and social conventions to which it adheres are necessarily alien to us. So, before we plunge into the play, it is useful to outline some of the analytical terms which we shall be using in our analyses in this book. These may be divided into three areas: the linguistic form; imagery; and dramatic form and performance.
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