Shakespeare as a standard of modernity
William Shakespeare, like his contemporary and colleague, Christopher Marlow, or Niccolo Machiavelli, seems to have been transformed into a symbolic model within which we perceive and interpret ourselves and the world around us.
We cannot do without it when we encounter the problem of evil - in its classical form or in modern form. Without his sonnets and plays, it is impossible to consider the psycho-sociogenesis of modern feelings and feelings, in particular love and friendship, in contrast to the traditional forms of our worldview and the ability of man to build relationships. Therefore, it is not surprising that such current concepts as devotion, closeness and privacy are evaluated and elaborated in the political world of Elizabethan playwrights.
Shakespeare not only seems like a miracle of his time; He is a mystery to us and an important criterion of outlook. Whether he existed or was the author of the works - a minor issue, given his amazingly deeply contemporary perception of human reality, the symbol and the personification of which he became.
In many cases, the words of Shakespeare are extremely relevant. He is our contemporary, given his ability to foresee human drama - political and existential. Suffice it to recall, for example, that the work of Othello tells, among other things, a new kind of fear of success (in Italy and England) of representatives of remote countries and societies, which fundamentally differ from locals. This allows us to realize how similar the realities of today were the experiences and problems of the Shakespearean era.
Shakespeare, better than any other poet and playwright, understood that the choice between the friend and the institution / common practice could be as dramatic as the choice between a loved one and a clan. Albert Camus once noted that he honors justice, but would like to protect his mother from him. Was not Shakespeare the very painful dilemma - in the case of Escalom, the duke of Veronese, who had to make a choice between the friend of his relative, Mercusio, who was avenged for the murder of a cousin, and the law of Verona?
Do not we find ourselves in this skin every time, how should we choose between an incompetent state with its imperfect judicial system and a brave and honest person who violates the law?