Shakespeare Helps Us Comment on Virtue

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“Give me that man that is not passion’s slave and I will wear him in my heart’s core.” Aristotle describes virtue as something formed by habit of doing what is right without suffering internally; for if we suffer internally, we are bound to prove self-indulgent. Ovid states, “There is nothing stronger than habit.” It is not enough to do things singularly for the improvement of our life, we must find ways of enjoying what we’re doing or that activity will prove unsustainable in our life and be abandoned soon after. In The Merchant of Venice, we hear Portia saying, “If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches and poor man’s cottages prince’s palaces.” Prosperity isn’t unattainable for anyone! if enthusiasm [love for something] ignites within you. Shakespeare understood that humans are motivated by what and who they love. Consequently, we…

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