Reina Brouwer

Shakespeare, Nietzsche and Power: A comparative analysis of tragic power in both thinkers

The feeling that life is fallible, frail and ultimately senseless is common in all human cultures. Below civilization’s surface we humans sense the impalpable features of the dreadful unknown. Sometimes called fate, sometimes predestination or the incontrollable passions and urges coming forth from the pits of our minds, the quintessence of our existence is un-makeable and essentially non-Enlightened.

Throughout human history this primal experience of ourselves and our place in the universe has been represented in a diversity of art forms. In Europe it is the tragic play that expresses this. Of course, other cultures do have similar art forms, however, European tragedy has features that makes it unique for our continent.

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Laatst Gewijzigd: 30-11-2015