Shakespearean Tragedy of Anger

Prof Tomohiro Hida (Visiting Scholar, Faculty of English, St. Edmund's College)

Saturday, 24 June, 2000; 7:30-9:30pm

Seminar room, Darwin College

My subject of study has long been 'Shakespearean Tragedy of Anger'. The basis of criticism, I think, is sympathy. I can be sympathized with the heroes in Shakespearean tragedies, Coriolanus, Timons of Athens, Titus Andronicus, King Lear, etc.
Anger causes tragedy. Anger often makes us forget ourselves. It is unreasonable and usually makes us unable to judge correctly. It is sometimes the origin or source of confusion and tragedy. We often become 'passion's slave'. My research activities conclude that there is the tradition lineage that might be called 'The Story of Anger' in the European literature, Iliad, The Book of Job, Paradise Lost, Wuthering Heights, Moby Dick, etc.
Iliad is said to be the origin of tragedy in European literature, and its main theme is the anger of Achilles. The Old Testament says Jehovah is the angry God. So one of the great subjects in European literature, I suppose, is Anger.