Monday, August 16, 2010
WHO SHOULD SCAPE WHIPPING?
Is there any more bitter or forgiving line than this is all of literature? Treat every person as they deserve and everybody would deserve a beating. What a plain, direct, honest view of human nature. Yet, Hamlet suggests that we should treat people as we want to be treated (Use them after your own honor and dignity. The less they deserve, the more merit is in your bounty.) Even if you accept in a very Walter Kaufmann kind of way that Shakespeare was no Christian, this is absolutely a Christian idea. Whatever else he may have thought about the words and ideas of Jesus, Shakespeare clearly expresses such Christian ideas as "Do unto others" and "Who has been forgiven little, loves little".He seems to have a deep sympathy for human beings at least as he expresses it through Hamlet.