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Act Of Folly Essay

His advice for those who fancy their own bit of folly building? Times, Sunday Times (2012)Thus are great national follies pumped until they burst. Times, Sunday Times (2015)But architecture was a different matter from furnishings or garden follies. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)It was an act of sheer folly. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Will you see my folly and forgive my trespass?Kathleen E. Woodiwiss THE WOLF AND THE DOVEAll of which exposes the folly of building a team around one man. Times, Sunday Times (2006)This book is a treasuretrove of human folly. Times, Sunday Times (2009)His nature was an unnaturalmixture of folly and wickedness.Kishlansky, Mark A. (editor) Sources of the West: Readings in Western Civilization, Volume 1: From the Beginning to 1715 (1995)She relies on us to see through folly and hypocrisy as keenly as she does herself. Times, Sunday Times (2010)One of the persistent follies of human nature is to imaginetrue happiness is just out of reach. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Folly is seen to be the condition of all - both on and off stage. The Times Literary Supplement (2013)Doom makes human folly appear at once more pernicious, and more endearing. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)As a lesson in vanity and sheer human folly, it deserves to be a classic. Times, Sunday Times (2009)I can see the folly in applyingcontemporarymoralstandards retrospectively. Times, Sunday Times (2014)He draws back when I suggest his images are portraits of human folly. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Witter: What might you consider your own human follies? Times, Sunday Times (2010)You wait for one tower folly to open in the English countryside... and then two come along. Times, Sunday Times (2013)What is the largest building project, folly or otherwise, to be undertaken by just one man? Times, Sunday Times (2006)What is the biggest building project, folly or otherwise, to have been completed by one man? Times, Sunday Times (2006)

Folly in William Shakespeare's King Lear Essay

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Folly in William Shakespeare's King Lear

In "East Coker," T. S. Eliot pleads "Do not let me hear / Of the wisdom of old men, but rather of their folly…." (Eliot 185) The folly of old men must surely be a central trope in any discussion of Shakespeare's imposing tragic accomplishment, King Lear. Traditional interpretations of the play, drawing on the classical Aristotelian theory of tragedy, have tended to view Lear's act of blind folly as hamartia, precipitating the disintegration of human society. In the ensuing crisis, "the basic ties of nature fall apart to reveal a chaos where humanity 'must prey on itself like monsters of the deep.'" and "evil is immanent and overflows from the smallest breach of nature." (Mercer 252)…show more content…

But to the extent that we ourselves are leaving behind that Enlightenment battery of critical concepts centered on a transcendent author, transhistorical subjectivity and value, and transparent, single-levelled meaning, then, as has been widely understood, a new early modern period emerges, one in which poems and plays are complexly connected with every other cultural ebb and flow of the time, when 'authorship' was far from an established cultural form, when meaning and interpretation were unstable and disjunctive as the fictive Hamlet and the historical Montaigne insisted, and when the individual self was constituted through processes and logic far less unitary and less stable than those assumed in many of the ideologies of the classical bourgeois epoch. (Grady 8)

In this view the Renaissance, as the immediate precursor of modernity, has a special symmetry with the current period (modernity's immediate successor). The early modern period saw a brief emergence of a 'Renaissance skeptical' mentality characterized by the free play of the fragments and shards of the collapsed earlier systems and of newer discourses coming into being. (Grady 17)

In the context of such a mentality, King Lear looks less like a stable

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