The Destruction Of The Feminine In Shakespeare's Work

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Edward Bond, in his preface to the play Saved writes about violence that is wide spreaded in the modern world and most scaringly usually by the tehnically and culturally developed countries. Such 'civilized' societies intently produce weapons, their governments use violence and justify its usage in order to protect their personal intersets. Today, the consequences of violence are felt on the global level as well as on a state level. Not only do the governments of different nations have misunderstanding for each other but it also happens quite often that the government doesn't have much understanding for its own citizens. In Bond's opinion, it is exactly the lack of understanding between people and the inappropriate social relations that lead to the appearance of violence. Namely, he thinks that violence is the indicator of social injustice. Although every modern and civilized country has its laws that every individual has to respect and before which every individual has equal rights, not every individual possesses the same amount of power in the society he lives in, which is a crutial factor in the establishing of social order. Those who have less power are in an inferior position to those who are influential and have more power. That way a gap is formed. " Justice", as Bond says,"is not an objective effect, a natural relation- it depends on a social relationship, on speaking and listening."1The existence of this gap represents a great obstacle in creating social relations and in communication. People tend not to understand each other well, they have different needs, different aims and the way out of this misunderstanding is very often found in the application of force. What happens quite often is that '' a desire for justice turns into lust for revenge."2 Those who seek for justice sometimes become so desperate since they cannot achieve the goal that they resort to agression and violence. This kind of process is called the process of negative metamorphoses because an impulse for justice is transformed into a destructive impulse for revenge. This problem is analysed by Shakespeare as well.In his plays Shakespeare often explores the theme of injustice and violence. His basic intention is to remind the readers that this kind of social evil exists and that its spreding represents a great threath for the survival of human species. What Shakespeare is terrified of is the fact that even the civilized societies are prone to practising violence. To draw attention to this phenomenon he depicts Rome in his play Titus Andronicus not as a cradle of culture but as a source of violence and injustice. Rome is a place where all kinds of crimes are commited. A brutal rape, vicious murders, cruel mutilations are just few instances of barbaric acts. The impression is that the described society is corrupted, agressive, intolerant, dehumanized. It is not unusual that in such sourroundings it is impossible to find justice. That is why Titus doesn't succeed in reaching...

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