April 7, 2007

Society Dictates Our Life

Eagleton, ''Literature and History'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"Moreover, men are not free to choose their social relations; they are constrained into them by material necessity- by the nature and stage of development of their mode aof economic production." (421)

I chose the passage above because I took a course about Shakespeare and Eagleton and my professors made me realize how much society shaped the ways Shakespeare composed his plays. He had to think about everything, the people, the places, the costumes....his plays had to meet the demands made by society, by the people as a whole.

Posted by GinaBurgese at April 7, 2007 9:13 PM | TrackBack

Nice quote, Gina. I like how you break it down so simply. I have a question, though. Does this mean that we're not given a choice in who we relate with in life ("constrainted into them"), or does Eagleton just mean that there are certain predilection to various individuals based on where we come from in the folds of society (but that, ultimately, we could change this if we want to)?

Posted by: Karissa at April 8, 2007 11:00 PM

I agree with Karissa on the quote, and to answer her question, I think that we do not have a say in who we meet, but we do have a say in what occurs after that. I agree with you as well, Gina, especially in the consideration of society and social class. Social class is a part of culture that few people appear to discuss, but is something that is present in many different types of literature. Social class, rank, etc... is something that is crucial to discuss, and sometimes it is necessary to even debate on politics, if it is associated with the literature.

Posted by: Jason Pugh at April 12, 2007 5:29 PM
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