Last time, we discussed some of the philosophically genius ideas of the world famous playwright William Shakespeare. We talked about the idea of the Great Chain of Being and how it is not to be overthrown. In this post, we will discuss some deeper implications of the Chain of Being that Shakespeare addresses in some of his tragic plays. Keep reading to find out more!
Shakespeare and Nature
Before we go any further, I did want to share how I got into the work of Shakespeare and how it started to fascinate me. A long time ago, I had bought some property in the state of Georgia and and needed to find a tree service Macon because my property was too heavily wooded to build a house. I was able to locate a company called Tree Service Warner Robins. I found them in the phone book and decided to see what their website was all about. I found the search engine result was at the top. It read: www.maconwarnertree.com/tree-removal-macon/ and I was immediately sold.
When they came to my property, I realized that I felt a little bit guilty about cutting down all of these nice trees. However, a worker assured me with the words “if it were done, t’were done quickly.” These words puzzled me so I decided to look them up. I found that they belonged to Shakespeare’s highly revered play “Macbeth.” I decided to give it a read. I did and was thoroughly blown away by the content of the play. It was then that I started reading more and more plays by this great Shakespeare. I then got exposed to his philosophical ideas when I started to reread all of the plays for the second and third time.
This brings me to where I started. What I have noticed about Shakespeare’s philosophy is that it goes deeper than just the idea of the Chain of Being. In many of the tragic plays, when murder is being plotted or carried out, there are a lot of supernatural things happening. What I interpret this as is that Shakespeare is trying to tell us that we should not try to overthrow the natural course of things. When we try to make our own fate or destiny for ourselves, we enter into dangerous territory that will ultimately end in our own ruin. As a result, I have heeded Shakespeare’s advice and have been able to successfully avoid most trouble in my life.