The Shakespeare Authorship Question: Why it Matters
© Charles Burford
O, when degree is shak'd,And later in the same speech:
Which is the ladder of all high designs,
The enterprise is sick.
Take but degree away, untune that string,Oxford, then, is prophetic in his plays, because he understands that dog-eats-dog commercialism destroys the structure and cohesiveness of society, and leads to greed, envy, hatred, paranoia and an overwhelming sense of aimlessness.
And hark what discord follows. Each thing melts
In mere oppugnancy...
The time is out of joint. O cursed spite,
That ever I was born to set it right. [I. v. 196-7]
For five hundred years no account shall be made
Of him who was the ornament of his time.
Then of a sudden he shall give so great a light,
That for that age he shall make them to be most contented.
There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow. [V. ii. 215]
He hath much land and fertile. Let a beast be lord of beasts and his crib shall stand at the king's mess. 'Tis a chuff, but, as I say, spacious in the possession of dirt. [V. ii. 86-9]For Shakespeare, politics should not neglect the sacred.
(And now remainsWith political doublespeak, the message is not important, but rather the atmosphere created by the words. As such it is an underminer of values and conscience because it robs people of any absolute standards in society, such as truth. Hamlet is a man who believes that his society has been robbed of any meaningful standards of truth. He is surrounded by men who exploit both land and language.
That we find out the cause of this effect,
Or rather say the cause of this defect,
For this effect defective comes by cause.)