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Can't fight the cards dealt to us by fate- but we can try

Shakespeare, King Lear Acts 1,2 -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

" This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune - often the surfeit of our own behavior - we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we were villians of necessity..."
(Act 1, sc ii 121-125)

I chose this quote because it struck me as being true. When something goes wrong for us, or our lives don't pan out as we would have imagined, we blame the fates, for giving us such horrible luck. Or we blame those who have what we want, never really lokking at the true cause for our misfortune - ourselves. Now Edmund who is whining at the fact that he was born a bastard - which is no fault of his own, takes his fortune into his own hands and changes the cards dealt him. Although I don't aprove of his methods of trickery and backstabbing, he wasn't blaming that on the stars.


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Bethany Bouchard:

I agree. This quote speaks volumes to us, even in our own society today. That's something I like about Shakespeare; his works are timeless. You can always find something you can relate to yourself or to something in today's modern world.

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