We will take an extract from each of the four tragedies we are studying, in each chapter of Part I. We will begin by looking closely at these samples from the texts, finding out as much as we can by analysing how they are written. Remember that these works are ‘wholes’ in the sense that everything about them contributes to the meaning they convey: it is just as much there in the style — the way they are written — as in the subject-matter. So we can take a sample and analyse the style in detail, confident that beginning in this way will bring us insights into the meaning and artistic purpose of the whole text. We are particularly interested in any features we find that are common to all four plays.
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