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Re: Henry V (and Branagh)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0057  Tuesday, 11 January 2000.

[1]     From:   Judith Matthews Craig <
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        Date:   Monday, 10 Jan 2000 22:44:09 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0046 Re: Henry V (and Branagh)

[2]     From:   Clifford Stetner <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Jan 2000 01:18:03 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0037 Re: Henry V (and Branagh)


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From:           Judith Matthews Craig <
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Date:           Monday, 10 Jan 2000 22:44:09 -0600
Subject: 11.0046 Re: Henry V (and Branagh)
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0046 Re: Henry V (and Branagh)

Dear Tom Reedy,

I was merely stating that god-fearing or religious people can exist in a
capitalist society.  Not all nobles are god-fearing nor are all
god-fearing people nobility.  I just dislike the notion that a
mercantile or capitalist society that 16th century England was certainly
becoming was altogether godless as Marxist critics imply.  Marxism is
godless, but having grown up in a very capitalist and lawless society-an
oil boom and bust town in West Texas-I can vouch that religious people
can exist and even flourish in such a Protestant, capitalist pig kind of
society if there are churches present.

Judy Craig

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From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Jan 2000 01:18:03 -0500
Subject: 11.0037 Re: Henry V (and Branagh)
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0037 Re: Henry V (and Branagh)

Judy Craig says:

>Shakespeare might be coming from another angle than that implied in
>"Shakespeare in Love."

First: any offense I pretend to take in matters of religion is purely
ironic. Second: sorry; I've been meaning to get to Blockbuster, but I
am, as yet, unfamiliar with this work.

>Money as a substitute for nobility in a capitalistic society implies the
>Marxist view that no religious or god-fearing people exist in a
>capitalist society.

Not at all.  It suggests that the forces in power over the state in a
capitalist society are not primarily motivated by their fear of God and
that the possibility of social mobility that capitalism creates is not
proportional to the individual's piety, but to his wealth.

Se

 

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