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標題: The Two Lears: Shakespeare's Humanist Vision of Nature
作者: 董崇選
關鍵字: 李爾;Lear;自然;人文主義;二元對立;靈魂之爭;自然對技藝;Lear;Nature;Humanism;Binary opposition;Psychomachia nature vs. art;Nature;Humanism;Binary opposition;Psychomachia nature vs. art
出版社: 臺中市:國立中興大學文學院
Project: 興大人文學報, Volume 44, Page(s) 233-266.
Shakespeare is indeed the poet of nature. "Nature" is the one single word that defines the theme of King Lear. The word's ambiguity in sense contains a number of binary oppositions: Great Nature vs. human nature, physical/material nature vs. spiritual/mental nature, natural affection between parent and child vs. natural affection between prince and subject, good nature vs. bad nature, normal nature vs. abnormal nature, etc. The binary oppositions suggest the psychomachia, the battle of the good soul against the evil soul. In Lear, most characters are flatly either good souls or bad souls. Lear and Gloucester, however, are round characters: they change from bad nature back to good nature. There are certainly two Lears in the play: the foolish, selfish Lear vs. the wise, unselfish Lear, or the unnatural Lear vs. the natural Lear. The two lears explain the middle position of human nature in the Great Chain of Being. Lear has learned, too late, two lears (lessons): the difference of human nature and the disparity between appearance and reality. He has not learned the lear that natural justice is not equivalent to human justice. But he has learned the Shakespearean lear (doctrine) that nature is above art. In fact, in many other plays as well as in Lear, Shakespeare provides a humanist vision of nature: placing the primary, unfallen nature of innocence above the secondary, fallen nature of experience, opposing human art or nurture to divine art or nature, and making his comedies or tragedies and histories or romances according as man's good natures or bad natures prevail in the fallen world. Meanwhile, we find this humanist vision of nature allows for the Neoclassic principles of moderation and of morality and yet recognizes the Romantic principles of change and of contrariety.

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