Throne of Blood and the Metaphysics of Tragedy

Henry Somers-Hall

Abstract


The aim of this paper is to explore the metaphysical foundations of Throne of Blood, Kurosawa's reworking of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Using Hegel's theory of tragedy, I develop the distinction between Greek and modern tragedy, with their differing bases in ethical and subjective freedom. I then show that Noh drama also includes a very different metaphysical account, stemming from its theoretical roots in Buddhism. I then use these three differing accounts (Greek, modern and Noh drama) to explore the effect of Kurosawa's use Noh aesthetics in Throne of Blood on the metaphysical ground of the film itself.


Keywords


Throne of Blood; Hegel; Greek Tragedy; Noh drama; Shakespeare

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