2006

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0453  Wednesday, 17 May 2006

From: 		Sam Small <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 17 May 2006 13:31:38 +0100
Subject: 	The Big Question

It may well be the biggest Shakespeare question of all time - certainly 
as far as Shakespeare himself was concerned.  If, indeed, he was at root 
a moralist before a poet before a playwright then what difference has he 
made?  Has "Macbeth" decreased the murder rate?  Are politicians less 
ambitious since "Julius Caesar" and "Richard III"?  Has jealously been 
better controlled since "Othello"?  Has the world become a better place 
since Shakespeare's plays?  If so, is it due to the steady erosion of 
social injustice by countless reformers and representational 
governments?  Or not?

SAM SMALL

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