International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development


International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
Vol. 1, Issue 7 (2014)

Concept of Fear in Shakespeare’s Tragedies


Shafee Ahmed Khan

William Shakespeare, the icon of English literary world and dramatist par excellence, has used thernconcept and notion of fear and horror in his famous tragedies like Macbeth, Othello, Lear and Hamlet.rnThe intentions of committing the sins have brought lot of horror in the lives of the heroes of therntragedies. These heroes have feared before and after committing the sinister acts in their lives. Thernheroes and villains of the tragedies have face lot of horror when they thought about their sinful,rniniquitous, immoral, spiteful, harmful and malicious acts. These heroes have found a kind of taste andrnsolace in committing the abominable sins and thus without any hesitations, inspite of warning andrnfearing, committed the blunders in their lives. They commit one sin after another to become morerndangerous in the eyes of the people and also show adamancy and stubbornness in the commitment ofrnsins in their lives. They made their lives sour, bitter and unpleasant by committing more sins and thusrnhorror of sins does not teach them any lessons or restrict them from doing sins. People avoid sins asrnthey fear the consequences of sins and thus fear restricts them from committing any sins in their lives.rnThe same fear we can find in the tragedies of Shakespeare but the tragic heroes have chosen the way ofrndamnation, uncaring the horror and warning which they get in their lives. Here the lives of only tworntragic heroes have been taken to describe the concept of fear in Shakespeares famous tragedies. Thernpainful, dreadful and awful tragic heroes Macbeth and Othello have felt horror in their lives, but theyrncontinue to commit the sins instead of adopting the good way accessible and presented to them.
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