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Shakespeare’s Minor Characters

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William Shakespeare is popular for the past 150 years. The translation of his complete works was finished as early as 1928. Most people are fascinated by impressive characters like Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth, or Lady Macbeth, whereas Fukuhara shifts attention towards minor characters who do not usually attract the audience's attention. Shakespeare is a great dramatist in that he has created attractive marginal characters as well as commanding figures. A play cannot be complete without people who are not particularly important for the development of the plot. There is a justifiable reason why great men such as Caesar or Brutus are murdered, but obscure persons were killed for no reason at all. It is not only Roman plebeians but also people in general who lose their reason and do unreasonable things when they are agitated and stirred up by dictators or propagandists. Fukuhara insists that Shakespeare's minor characters deserve attention.

Keywords: commanding figures; Fukuhara; minor characters; Roman plebeians; William Shakespeare



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