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5.00 Dollar US$ The Importance of Shame Henderson

Published date: March 18, 2021
  • Location: 89015, Henderson, Nevada, United States

A brief review of a book of literary criticism, and a discussion of the important issues that it raises.


I was once lucky enough to get a job at good writing service - Write My Paper, and here I stumble upon a book of literary criticism and feel that it should be not only read by scholars of literature. Ewan Fernie’s Shame in Shakespeare, though it does not elicit that feeling, is nevertheless a work of great charisma and intelligence, and it focuses on a concept – shame – which deserves to be explored at great length, and not only by university students.

What is refreshing about this book – and there are, of course, elements of it that are not refreshing – is the intellectual and moral seriousness with which Professor Fernie approaches his subject-matter. The Introduction begins thus:

The Main Part

Noted in the Write My Paper for Me free service: ‘Shame is among the most intense and painful of our human passions. It is also one of the most interestingly ambiguous; for although it can inhibit, constrain and even destroy a person, it can also cause them to reform and begin a new life.’

Fernie is absolutely right to take this ‘passion’ seriously, because our culture very evidently does not. Even the most intelligent, sensitive and reflective people – here I presume my readers have had the same experiences that I have had – tend to claim that they are ‘liberated’, that they ‘live with no regrets’, that they ‘don’t see the point in worrying about what they can’t change’, that they ‘don’t dwell in the past’; and the implication is always that, if one does regret things or feel ashamed of things, then that is an objection to one’s character or, at least, one is touchingly naïve.

And, again, Fernie is absolutely spot-on when he writes ‘[Where] modernity almost systematically lifted the taboo on what is shameful, it also rendered shame itself shameful and taboo.’ A whole spectrum of negative inner-states – shame, guilt, regret, embarrassment, disappointment with oneself, and so forth – tend, in our culture, to be brushed quickly aside, so that they are not able to infect our allegedly liberated state.

What people forget – and here I depart from Write My Paper NYC notes and Fernie’s specifics, feeling that the joy of Shame in Shakespeare is not so much the thoughts that it contains as the further thoughts that it stimulates in its reader – is that the psyche is economical and widely variegated; if a person is to enjoy a rich inner-life, both the positive and the negative states of his/her psyche must be strengthened and deepened, and trained to co-exist.

If that claim is accepted, it becomes immediately obvious that an injunction to ‘live with no regrets’ is, in a sense, an injunction to live an emotionally impoverished – if not wholly sterile – life. And I wonder whether those people who attempt to live by such logic don’t so much not regret things, as refuse to allow themselves to regret things, and are scared of what they might experience if they rejected that psychical barrier.

Fernie’s book pushes for this rejection – the rejection of the rigidity of the boundaries of self-hood, and the passionate embracing of the external world and of other people – which act Fernie sees as ‘the foundation of justice.’ One can eagerly agree with this while regretting the occasionally messianic tone that this book employs to describe that move:

‘This disillusioning reveals all that really is. Contact with this reality is a new birth and in relation to the real, a new and more credible self may unfold and flourish. Freedom from the self is liberation into love.’


Fernie does not need to fall back on rhetoric and semi-theological mysticism in order to make his point, which flourishes much better on the secular ground. But Fernie makes the point brilliantly nevertheless, and one finishes the book feeling both energized and, as ever, militantly antagonistic towards the sort of pernicious ideology which pushes for a state of impoverishment among its adherents, and lies about what it is doing. That sort of lie is, of course, unfortunately, typical in a democratic era such as ours.
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