Aureng-Zebe

Definition

Theater

  • A tragedy by John Dryden, first produced in 1675 inLondon. It was his last rhymed heroic play, a genre with which hehad become disillusioned. In its dedication he wrote "I desireto be no longer the Sisyphus of the Stage; to roll up a stone withendless labour...which is perpetually falling down again."

    The plot is loosely based on events in the India of Dryden'sown day. Aureng-Zebe seizes the Indian empire from his father andhis brothers. The hero maintains exemplary virtue in the midst ofa chaotic world in which his stepmother lusts after him and his fatherseeks the woman he himself loves.

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