|dc.description.abstract||It is my belief that literature would be no more than
worthless paper and ink if it did not tell us something
about ourselves, where we've been, where we are, or where
we are going. The study of literature is the study of the
human condition and those who have experienced it. Literature
is an expression of life itself, full of sound and fury,
but unlike Macbeth's thoughts on life, it signifies everything.
The drama, especially, is as surely Shakespeare saw it;
a laboratory wherein we look at ourselves. Unlike recorded
history, the drama as well as the whole of literature presents
the passion, the agony and laughter of man, as he explores
himself. While words communicate ideas, the way in which
these words are brought together into an art form, the
aesthetic value of literature, allows them to transcend the
rational mind and settle in the heart. Thus, literature does
not only present an author's thoughts on the human condition,
but also how he feels it giving the reader the whole experience.
It is also my belief that the union of thought and
feeling is found in one of its purest forms in Shakespeare.
To say that Shakespeare was not a philosopher is not to know
him, for his philosophy is woven into his plays with the
thickest thread. To say he did not feel his experience as we
see it in his plays is to have no heart for his poetry, and his
characters express the pain and joy of the human experience
with an intensity rarely seen on the written page or the state.
In each play we can hear the voice of the poor player who
struts and frets his hour upon the stage and is heard through
the ages and very possibly until the end of time. It is the
purpose of the following discussion to attempt to catch at
least a whisper of this voice.||en_US