> Nancy Gish wrote:
> Shakespeare does not appear or speak anything in his plays. Nor does
> he give any sense of identifying with what they all say--which is all
> manner of views.
> For a counter to this, read Emilia's speech to Desdemona in which she
> begins, "But I do think it is their husband's fault/ If wives do
> To quote a Shakespeare character as the statement of Shakespeare is to
> misread drama, which is not the lyric voice--quite apart from the fact
> that this passage is meant to be crudely offensive.
Lear is trickier even than most Shakespearean plays == As flies to
wanton boys / Are we to the gods / They kill us for their sport."
(Quoted from memory).
And of course even Shakespeare'as non-dramatic poetry gives us no real
information whatever of his opinions on the world and 'society.' If i
had to pick any one element of Shakespeare's career as casting light on
his relationship to the world it would be a negative fact: he never,
unlike his contemporary Ben Jonson, made any effort to arrange for the
publication of his plays. He seemes, in other words, really not to give
a damn whether 'future' ages read him or not. I won't defend that -- I
would cite it as evidence against anyone citing Shakepspeare to prove