Humanism in Shakespeare’s Works

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Bre’Anna Walker Humanism in Shakespeare’s Works Is it immoral that some people reject that there’s a being out there superior to human life; that controls it all and believes that we alone are in control and have free will? Does it mean that they, themselves are corrupt and wicked? These humanist people may be religious, and some of them even believe in God. Humanism is a belief or action that leans toward the concept that humans are superior to any other being; therefore, making human welfares, ideals, and self-worth predominant. William Shakespeare was a humanist himself, and he made that known in his sonnets and plays. In the play "The Tempest," and in sonnet 18, William Shakespeare's humanist nature reveals itself through his character’s authority and his love’s immortality against nature. Humanism is not as basic as just saying it is someone who does not place emphasis on the need to worship God. There’s much more to it than that. It is also about individualism, power, and interest on the welfare of people. Humanist believes that they have the power to give character and importance to their lives. They also believe that humans have the power to differentiate what’s right and what’s wrong without assistance from a supernatural source. “The Tempest,” which is the play by Shakespeare, had a humanist theme to it. He used the protagonist Prospero, to transmit that theme. Although he played many different roles, Prospero’s attitude attributed to the humanist ideas that humans are the center of importance. Prospero was the one who had supernatural powers, and he used those powers to dominate and enslave people to get what he wanted. In act IV, scene I, Prospero states these lines, “Spirits, which by mine art / I have from their confines called to enact / My present fancies.” Shakespeare placed all the power in man, which was Prospero, and that’s how he
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