In what way the event consists

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  • 10 May 2014 at 3:05 pm #5346


    I found a nice little passage in Shakespeare and the Common Understanding that seems to have served as inspiration for a part of the judge’s final speech with the man at the Beehive. Norman Rabkin in discussing the similarities between Brutus and Caesar notes this:

    Brutus’ ultimate wisdom, the only statement he ever makes to which the play offers no contradictory answer, is his recognition that the end is known only when the day has ended. Significantly this realization brings him precisely to Caesar’s position: Death, the necessary end, will come when it will come. In the fact, not men’s construing, is the meaning. Man is only actor, not playwright, and as actor he may not even, in the terms of Julius Caesar, know the conventions of the play in which he acts.

    Contrast with the judge: In any event the history of all is not the history of each nor indeed the sum of those histories and none here can finally comprehend the reason for his presence for he has no way of knowing even in what the event consists.

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