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Tyrant Shakespeare on Politics Kindle ✓ Tyrant

As an aging tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power a talented playwright probed the social causes the psychological roots and the twisted consequences of tyranny In exploring the psyche and psychoses of the likes of Richard III Macbeth Lear Coriolanus and the societies they rule over Stephen Greenblatt illuminates the ways in which William Shakespeare delved into the lust for absolute power and the catastrophic consequences of its executionCherished institutions seem fragile political classes are in disarray economic misery fuels populist anger people knowingly accept being lied to partisan rancor dominates spectacular indecency rules—these aspects of a society in crisis fascinated Shakespeare and shaped some of his most memorable plays With uncanny insight he shone a spotlight on the infantile psychology and unquenchable narcissistic appetites of demagogues—and the cynicism and opportunism of the various enablers and hangers on who surround them—and imagined how they might be stopped As Greenblatt shows Shakespeare’s work in this as in so many other ways remains vitally relevant todayAs an aging tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power a talented playwright probed the social causes the psychological roots and the twisted consequences of tyranny In exploring the psyche and psychoses of the likes of Richard III Macbeth Lear Coriolanus and the societies they rule over Stephen Greenblatt illuminates the ways in which William Shakespeare delved into the lust for absolute power and the catastrophic consequences of its executionCherished institutions seem fragile political classes are in disarray economic misery fuels populist anger people knowingly accept being lied to partisan rancor dominates spectacular indecency rules—these aspects of a society in crisis fascinated Shakespeare and shaped some of his most memorable plays With uncanny insight he shone a spotlight on the infantile psychology and unquenchable narcissistic appetites of demagogues—and the cynicism and opportunism of the various enablers and hangers on who surround them—and imagined how they might be stopped As Greenblatt shows Shakespeare’s work in this as in so many other ways remains vitally relevant todayAs an aging tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power a talented playwright probed the social causes the psychological roots and the twisted consequences of tyranny In exploring the psyche and psychoses of the likes of Richard III Macbeth Lear Coriolanus and the societies they rule over Stephen Greenblatt illuminates the ways in which William Shakespeare delved into the lust for absolute power and the catastrophic consequences of its executionCherished institutions seem fragile political classes are in disarray economic misery fuels populist anger people knowingly accept being lied to partisan rancor dominates spectacular indecency rules—these aspects of a society in crisis fascinated Shakespeare and shaped some of his most memorable plays With uncanny insight he shone a spotlight on the infantile psychology and unquenchable narcissistic appetites of demagogues—and the cynicism and opportunism of the various enablers and hangers on who surround them—and imagined how they might be stopped As Greenblatt shows Shakespeare’s work in this as in so many other ways remains vitally relevant today