The Moses Legend and Shakespeare’s Life Philosophy

Zhenjun LIAO

Abstract


An well-known poem—To the Virgins, “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying: And this same flower that smiles to-day, To-morrow will be dying.” written by Robert Herrick (1591-1674) reflects that how a man spends his life unconsciously. All of those are authentic depictions of life of nothingness. On one hand, the Holy Bible has a far-researching effect in Western Culture, it is holy and sacred; on the other hand, there are some other descriptions for the secular life of God, man or Demigod in its documentation, which reflects that human life is nothingness. According to the Buddhist jargon: “Everything visible is empty”. What’s more, Moses’ performance is particularly evident in The Holy Bible. More importantly, Moses’ life experience is similar to Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages Theory”, both of them commendably portray a kind of nihilistic philosophy.


Keywords


Moses; Shakespeare; Nothingness/nihilism; Life philosophy

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