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Re: The Human Condition
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0079.  Monday, 31 January 1994.
From:           William Godshalk <GODSHAWL@UCBEH>
Date:           Sunday, 30 Jan 1994 16:52:34 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0074  Re: *MND*, *Lear*, and the Human Condition
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0074  Re: *MND*, *Lear*, and the Human Condition
Richard Jordan and Sean Lawrence seem to be right on target. Of course, there
are universal human experiences. Let's try hunger for one; the experience of a
beating heart for another. Terence, do you know any humans who don't get hungry
when deprived of food, or who do not have a heart (no metaphors, please)?
Shakespeare's kings are constantly alluding to the different between their
social identities as KING and their private selves, e.g., Richard II and Henry
V. It's part of the tension in the histories plays.
The only way we understand each other in a culture and across cultures is by
shared experiences. In fact, that's how we understand the needs of other
mammals, e.g., cats and dogs.
Yours, Bill Godshalk

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