Samson Agonistes: A Jungian Perspective

By:
Dr. John Pollock
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To date, scholarly analysis of John Milton's 'Samson Agonistes' has failed to fully explain why many readers find the play less than satisfactory as a tragedy. This paper uses insights from Jungian psychology to demonstrate that Milton's Samson never forces the reader to question commonplace distinctions between good and evil; thus Samson never rises to the level of a true tragic figure. The paper will include a brief slide presentation to illustrate Jungian theory regarding a key image in the drama.


Keywords: John Milton, Tragedy, British Renaissance drama
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Samson Agonistes


Dr. John Pollock

Professor of English, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Jose State University
USA

Dr Pollock has edited two books on Medieval and Renaissance literature and authored a book of children's fiction, in addition to short stories, poems, and numerous scholarly articles on works ranging from 'Beowulf' to the poetry of E.E. Cummings.

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