jueves, 15 de marzo de 2018

Shakespeare a help to find the path of perfection

Shakespeare considered in the key of sanctity

by Pablo López Herrera

Shakespeare en clave de santidad (Spanish Edition) by [López Herrera, Pablo]

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Four hundred years away, how can William Shakespeare help us to reflect on the meaning of our own existence? 

The author examines Macbeth and Hamlet as if they were a mirror in which to analyze one's life, and to orient oneself in the great themes of existence, to find the meaning and the personal mission of our life, and to know the price of human happiness. 

The essay is a work of reflection on the Christian language and the economy of salvation that shows us the "rules of operation" of human nature alive.

With "Macbeth", we discover that the true freedom of man is in accepting the rules of game, and what happens to us when we want to play with our own rules.We also see the virtues necessary to the good governor as well as the social effects of his intemperance and his greed.

With "Hamlet", we find ourselves with the search of our mission, and as We are accompanied by doubts and tribulations as companions of the path of life, and what kind of consequence our fundamental choices produce in ourselves and in others.

The essay raises the possibility that Shakespeare was an "undercover" Catholic, in times of persecution of Catholicism in England, if it was, his message acquires a new dimension, which invites historical exploration.


1. Intentions and acknowledgments

2. Shakespeare's works as maps, and some "Sherpas"

3. Theodore Dalrymple, an anthropological vision of Shakespeare.

3.1. Shakespeare is a universal writer.

3.2. Anthropology shows us the "rules of functioning" of man
3.2.1. Respect for limits
3.2.2. On earth there is no "happiness", nor is there a definitive solution to man's problems
3.2.3. "Macbeth" allows us to analyze human nature
3.2.4. The importance of consciousness
3.2.5. Sin is an act of the will
3.2.6. When ambition becomes the main engine of "social" behavior
3.2.7. The problem of the choice of evil by Macbeth is the same as that of every human being.
3.2.8. In the end, the true freedom is in accepting the rules of the game.

3.3. Macbeth was not predestined to be a criminal
3.3.1. A hero can become a villain
3.3.2. A man who leads a normal life can slide down the slope
3.3.3. Neither the cradle nor the fortune neither the success are guarantee of probity
3.3.4. Living conditions can always seem insufficient
3.3.5. Nor is resentment the only source of evil
3.3.6. Everything is little for the one who does not limit himself
3.3.7. The ambition of power drives Macbeth to act as he does
3.3.8. The role of Lady Macbeth: Insane ambition is shared and the crossing of limits is not done alone ...
3.3.9. The desire to pretend is very strong
3.3.10. Macbeth succumbs to the "social pressure" represented in Lady Macbeth but "social pressure" can also be exerted for good
3.3.11. The limit between good and evil lies within Macbeth, and of all ...
3.3.12. The conscience of the faults committed may exist, but it is not enough for human redemption

4. The central theme in Macbeth: is it "ambition" or "sin"? - Sin in Macbeth

4.1. Curiosity
4.2. The temptation
4.3. Doubt and the desire to reject evil
4.4. Inclusion of the supernatural world in history
4.5. Recognition of service as mission and duty
4.6. There is a time when the consciousness of sin is full
4.7. As a sin I could be even more serious
4.8. The dissimulation as a tool of the sinner
4.9. Hesitation and consideration of the consequences of sin
4.10. Provisional Repentance ...
4.11. The importance we give to the image we project
4.12. Preparation, execution of the act and consideration of the destiny of Duncan's soul
4.13. Sin and its consequences in earthly life
4.14. Additional spiritual considerations
4.15. Additional invocation to the kingdom of shadows
4.16. Conscience, acceptance and state of sin
4.17. Lady Macbeth: Sin is not an involuntary mental delirium
4.18. The end of Macbeth shows the clarity of his ideas
4.19. Macbeth reiterates his will to continue killing, and prepares to die ...
4.20. We must never lose hope of saving ourselves

5. The virtues of the ruler in Macbeth

5.1. Intemperance and greed in political leaders have social effects
5.2. Shakespeare highlights the virtues of a good king
5.3. The faith was once in the considerations of the leaders

6. The road to the summit of Hamlet

6.1. A Catholic vision of the world
6.2. Knowing the mission in life
6.3. Hamlet makes a decision, a strategy is proposed, and progress
6.4. The doubts and the tribulation as companions of route
6.5. Disbanding the material world, the riches and the power
6.6. Responsibility for the next souls
6.7. Circumstances are forging the future
6.8. All the protagonists die: What is the meaning of the outcome?
6.9. The salvation of Hamlet ...
6.10. The role of Providence
6.11. Hamlet and the Newest
6.12. Question: Hamlet and revenge

7. What if Shakespeare were Catholic?

7.1. Catholicism in times of persecution
7.2. Some comments from scholars

8. Epilogue. The classicism of Shakespeare

9. Bibliography and sources (In order of appearance)

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