Chapter 4, entitled ‘Distribution’, explores some tonal and interpretative consequences of the large-scale distribution of insides within and between Shakespeare’s plays. Particular attention is paid to how Shakespeare guides audience sympathy for his characters through the selective distribution of insides: that is, how some characters are given copious private speech while others are denied it altogether, or how insides are distributed differently according to variables like gender or class. I show how Shakespeare’s distribution of sympathy and his distribution of insides are closely intertwined and inflected according to gender and class in three plays from three different phases in his career: The Taming of the Shrew, All’s Well that Ends Well, and The Two Noble Kinsmen.
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