Dramatic Instruction and Misinstruction in Philip Massinger's The Roman Actor

Delery, Clayton
January 2004
Search for Meaning: Critical Essays on Early Modern Literature;2004, p105
Literary Criticism
The article comments on the impact of drama on individuals' lives as depicted in Philip Massinger's play The Roman Actor. The character Paris in The Roman Actor claimed that drama can lead to changes and improvement in men's lives because drama helps them achieve self-knowledge through showing the rewards of virtue and the evils of vice. However, this does not apply always. Drama can sometimes led to unpredictable emotions and reactions that gave way to self-destruction than improvement.


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