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This article analyses the realism in the broken-down language of certain Shakespearean characters (Hamlet, Othello and King Lear) in situations of overwhelming distress

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This article combines linguistic and rhetorical analyses to explain how Shakespeare made the language in these scenes sounds so natural and verisimilar, as opposed to the typical Elizabethan artifice, and links it to other posterior writers who also imbued their language with a sense of realistic speech

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This page is a summary of: “A Broken Voice”: Iconic Distress in Shakespeare’s Tragedies, Anglia - Zeitschrift für englische Philologie, March 2019, De Gruyter, DOI: 10.1515/ang-2019-0003.
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