„Star-crossed lovers“ – alles Schicksal – oder?

Eine Untersuchung zur Rolle der Prologe und der Dialektik des Schicksalsbegriffs in Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet

Röttcher, Sabine

kassel university press, ISBN: 978-3-89958-549-0, 2010

Zugl.: Kassel, Univ., Diss. 2009

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Content: Shakespeares drama of the two star-crossed lovers suffering from their families’ feud is well known for the effects the feud has on the lovers and their social environment. But there are other themes underlying the spectacular outer appearance of the play, such as the problemes of determination, social influences and the characters’ own responsibility: In what sense can star-crossed truly be understood? Awareness, the competence to correctly analyze and master conflicting situations between fate and fortune, is the key notion of this investigation. Under this aspect the dissertation results in new interpretations and proofs of the passionately falling in love and the worldly failure of Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare transcends the old fatalistic and voluntaristic views of fate, giving way to a new understanding that is surprisingly modern although the drama is over 400 years old. How the aspects of determination, social influence and individual responsibility are linked and how they fit toghether in this drama, although they are opposites, is shown in this analysis.

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