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" His characters are not modified by the customs of particular places, unpractised by the rest of the world ; by the peculiarities of studies or professions, which can operate but upon small numbers; or by the accidents of transient fashions or temporary... "
The plays and poems of Shakspeare [according to the text of E. Malone] with ... - Page lviii
by William Shakespeare - 1832
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Ästhetische Subjektivität: Romantik & Moderne

Lothar Knatz, Tanehisa Otabe - Aesthetics - 2005 - 290 pages
...des Klassizismus im 18. Jh., erwähnen. Er verteidigt Shakespeare wie folgt: „His characters [...] are the genuine progeny of common humanity such as...will always supply and observation will always find. [...] In the writings of other poets a character is too often an individual; in those of Shakespeare...
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Deception and Detection in Eighteenth-century Britain

John T. Lynch - Literary Criticism - 2008 - 218 pages
...spoken or acted on the same occasion." His characters are "consistent, natural and distinct"; they "act and speak by the influence of those general passions...the whole system of life is continued in motion"; they are, in short, plausibly motivated.44 And what appeared in Shakespeare had a strong influence...
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