Transcript of The Great Chain of Being
The Great Chain of Being Relations to Macbeth Origins of Philosphy Controversy The Great Chain of Being is a belief that all creatures in nature are organized in hierachal manner, from God, all the way down to inanimate objects, such as rocks. Resources : http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_great_chain_of_being The Chain of Being is composed of a great number of hierarchical links, from the most basic and foundational elements up through the very highest perfection, in other words, God. God, and beneath him, the angels, both existing wholly in spirit form, sit at the top of the chain. Earthly flesh is fallible and ever-changing: mutable. Spirit, however, is unchanging and permanent. This sense of permanence is crucial to understanding this conception of reality. It is generally impossible to change the position of an object in the hierarchy. The chain starts from God and progresses downward to angels, demons (fallen/renegade angels), stars, moon, kings, princes, nobles, men, wild animals, domesticated animals, trees, other plants, precious stones, precious metals, and other minerals. The Great Chain of Being was a Christian idea that mapped out God's natural hierarchy to the world and all its living creatures. Minerals and other inanimate things in nature were at the bottom of the chain, below plants, insects, and other "less noble" creatures. Macbeth disturbed the Great Chain of Being. He removed the God chosen King and replaced him with himself. Shakespeare, through Macbeth, uses this point to demonstrate part of the conflict, his ambtition dominating over human nature. It goes against human nature to disrupt the chain.Full transcript
http://www.starbuckclassicalpoetry.com/shakespeare/phorum/read.php?f=37&i=219&t=219 The Great Chain of Being was the Darwinism evolution ideals of the Middle ages, and into the early renaissance. It was the ideas that Aristolte and Plato had brought forward but forgotten earlier but found and re-imagined by Christians.
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