October 21st, 2008
|11:52 am - Common People like me|
A meme going round: quote Shakespeare in your journal. It never takes that much persuasion.
Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy law
My services are bound. Wherefore should I
Stand in the plague of custom, and permit
The curiosity of nations to deprive me...
When my dimensions are as well compact,
My mind as generous, and my shape as true,
As honest madam's issue? Why brand they us
With base? with baseness? bastardy? base, base?
Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take
More composition and fierce quality
Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed,
Go to the creating a whole tribe of fops,
Got 'tween asleep and wake?
Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land:
Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund
As to the legitimate: fine word,--legitimate!
Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed,
And my invention thrive, Edmund the base
Shall top the legitimate. I grow; I prosper:
Now, gods, stand up for bastards!
Shakespeare is bloody good.
Yours in the ranks of death.
Oh brilliant. I just found a conservative blogger who thinks that Edmund is a typical liberal and a communist
Let Edmund represent those people who place themselves outside of the great chain of being, the chain that places all the rest of us squarely between ancestor and descendant, with all the corresponding obligations that entails. With Edmund, Shakespeare is commenting on those persons who carry a self-image of exceptionalism, of being special and not subject to the usual rules... And who would such people be today? Why, liberals.