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Alan Massy-Shakespeares plays speak to us today with an extraordinary and an unfailing immediacy There are themes in the play that are relevant to life today such as when mans social political and ethical worlds are out of balance This lack of balance is symbolized by a disjunction in his own health and in nature In other words natural illnesses or occurrences are symbolic of the illness in his thinking This happens today and is also illustrated in Shakespeares Hamlet Man often equates his own physical illness with the break down of his political system In the opening scene of Hamlet Francisco says Tis bitter cold And I am sick at heart 119 His discomfort is a result of the political instability brought about by the death of Hamlets father and the appearance of what they believe to be his ghost Correspondingly in todays world many suffered and grieved greatly when Princess Diana passed away She was loved by many and was seen as a remarkable person Similarly man often sees supposedly abnormal occurrences in nature as symbols or warning about the breakdown of political social or ethical systems In Hamlet Act I Scene I Lines 120 Horatio says the moon Was sick almost to doomsday with eclipse He compares the forthcoming downfall of Rome with the pending destruction of Denmark He takes natures happenings to be a sign of future misfortunes for the state of Denmark Today people still do the same thing For instance many religious groups take natures destructive force El Nino to be forthcoming of Earths Armageddon Hamlets timelessness can be seen through the themes that it portrays Political social and ethical corruption will never disappear As long as time stands their will always be these moral dilemmas which we still face today and seemingly forever
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