Your own analyses, built up gradually throughout this book, will have provided you with a strong and individual interpretation of the plays. So long as these are based upon the plays and justified by close readings, they are as valid as those of any academic critic. Nevertheless, your own ideas and interpretation will be stimulated by engaging with other readers and critics of Webster’s plays, just as they are by discussing them with fellow students and teachers. You should always look on the writings and arguments of critics as part of a process of developmental discussion, rather than a visit to an all-knowing oracle. If you approach critical argument in this fashion you will be much better equipped to be sceptical and thoughtful about critics’ arguments, and come to your own decisions about the validity and importance of their approach.
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