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The Book Of Job And Shakespearean Subjectivity

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The psychology and aesthetics of the Book of Job permeate the play and in the most memorable moments, Hamlet channels Job. In their critical tributes, Bloom and Greenblatt celebrate Shakespeare in ways that uncannily describe the author of Job. This chapter examines the Book of Job according to the criteria these leading Renaissance scholars use to argue Shakespeare's singularity as a dramatist, as well as criteria articulated by an earlier scholar, who examined Shakespearean soliloquies. Shakespeare's characters, in Bloom's eyes, also stand out in literature as "extraordinary instances" of "how new modes of consciousness come into being". Job's fierce intellectual and spiritual wrestling gives way to a compendium of rhetorical questions, first posed by Elihu and then by God, which dramatically alter the course of the story. Bloom makes an interesting case that Hamlet is not the victim of human circumstances bu.

Keywords: Bloom; Hamlet channels Job; Shakespearean subjectivity



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