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Highlight the Elizabethan tragic characteristics in Tamburlaine the Great.

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Protagonists of the Elizabethan drama, exclusive of Shakespeare’s positive characters, are all individualistic. Their individualism is both a historical necessity and a source of their tragic fate. The most vivid and characteristic feature of these tragedies is the presence of an independent protagonist who rejects limitations, morality, and prejudices of the medieval world.

Tamburlaine the Great (1587) portrays the heroic feats of Timur (Tamerlane), the famed Turco-Mongol conqueror of the fourteenth century. Although Marlowe drew on historical sources as he composed his drama, his Tamburlaine has but a slight resemblance to his historical prototype. However, Marlowe’s Tamburlaine is...

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