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    Edmund’s reflection rejects the concept of the Great Chain of Being as well as Lear's statement about the influence astrology has over the actions of man: "By all the operation of the orbs / From whom we do exist and cease to be" (Shakespeare I, i, 123-124). Throughout the play, Edmund rejects the Great Chain of Being as well as the idea that the stars control the fate of man because both principles state that he is less important than those around him simply because he was born a bastard, a fate

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    Macbeth, written by world renowned playwright Shakespeare, discusses a value system of the Great Chain of Being in the story. Macbeth is a general, who is under the influence of false prophesying witches, has the desire to become king through murder. This is a main problem as Shakespeare believes that Macbeth has disrupted the Great Chain of Being by becoming King. In the era of Shakespeare, the Great Chain of Being is an ideology where everything in the universe is placed in a hierarchical order by how

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    The Great Chain of Being in “Macbeth” One of the most well known of William Shakespeare’s tragedies is Macbeth. Shakespeare lived in a time period where the great chain of being was a very prevalent concept held by the Elizabethans. Using the preconceived notion of the great chain of being, divine right, and controversies within Macbeth, he demonstrates how regicide is an unnatural act that should have never occurred, especially in the time period in which Shakespeare wrote the play (1611).

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    The Great Chain of Being in Hamlet

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    The main concept of the Great Chain of Being is that every existing thing in the universe has its “place” in an outlined hierarchical order. Where it is placed depends on the amount of spirit and importance in society it has. The chain commences at God and progresses downward to angelic beings, kings, princes, nobles, regular humans, animals, plants, and many other objects of nature. According to this theory, all existing things have their specific function in the universe, and causing any kind of

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    The Elizabethan Great Chain of Being The Elizabethans believed that the universe has a specific order, the chain of being, that God created. God made a variety of beautiful beings that all have a role in the chain of being. Throughout history, the idea of a chain of being was common in many different cultures, which is shown in several works. The idea began with Plato, who passed it to Aristotle, and it continued to spread and develop into the Middle Ages (Tillyard 26). The chain is also described

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    The Great Chain of Being was a religious hierarchy which gave order to everything within the world. A strict ranking of both animate beings and inanimate objects, it was a vital structural notion of life and nature which contributed to the dominance of feudalism. Conceptualized by the Ancient Greeks, it developed into a strict, religious ideal, making its ultimate claim on the world within the Middle Ages. Creatures or things higher on the chain were encompassed of greater intellect and possessed

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    The chain is based off of matter and spirit. The Great Chain of Being stated that everything in the universe has its specific place on a ranked chain. The rankings on the chain were based off of how much “spirit” and “matter” it has (Melani). The less spirit and the more matter an object has, the lower it is on the chain (Melani). The Great Chain of Being comes from God. Everything has their own place and function in the universe

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    For those in Early Modern England, life and politics were framed by The Great Chain of Being and Shakespeare reflected this construction of reality in Hamlet, the plot focusing on a break in the chain, an undeserving king who unravels the threads of society. Shakespeare frames Claudius ascent to the throne, and his murder of King Hamlet as the original sin of Adam. Claudius, a weak monarch in terms of his throne's security, leads Denmark into an age of sin. Shakespeare's language emphasizes the

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    Renaissance conception of natural order—the great chain of being—is eminent throughout the play and integral to its thematic purpose of restoration and redemption. Brown’s failure to address the great chain of being in any capacity throughout his argument is indicative of his limited understanding of the historical context in which The Tempest was written and the corresponding philosophical ideology that informed Shakespeare’s manifold intentions. Great Chain of Being Intro Historical According

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    cheap as beast’s… ” (2, 4, 297-300) Moreover, it is also very unwise to do because if by any chance his daughters just wanted his power instead of being his daughter, he would eventually become an old, poor, childless man. All of these events noticeably happened in the play because of his lack of sight about the knowledge of “the Great Chain of Being”. When Goneril and Regan, Lear’s two evil daughters, kick him out into a storm, he has truly become a vulnerable old man with nothing left as he says

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