The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0431 Wednesday, 10 May 2006
From: David Schalkwyk <
Date: Wednesday, 10 May 2006 09:28:50 +0200
Subject: 17.0426 Characters
Comment: Re: SHK 17.0426 Characters
The question about character seems to me not to be so much whether we
*should* read the speeches in Shakespeare's plays as signs or marks of
character, but whether we have any choice NOT to do so.
We are trapped at every point (calling the words on the page "speeches"
is just one such trap) to see the bodies on stage and what they say or
the marks on the pages as if they were people ("real" is a red herring
here). To try not to see "character" in these representations is like
trying not to see the duck-rabbit drawing as either a rabbit or a duck,
or not to see the following mark as a face: :-) . (;-)) It can be
done, but it requires a peculiar degree of effort.
Wittgenstein has a very pertinent discussion of the kind of aspect
seeing that informs our reading of character in the _Philosophical
Investigations_, pp. 193 ff..
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