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What did Hamlet mean when he said "there's a divinity which shapes our ends..."?
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Ah, what a great line!
There's a divinity that shapes our ends,
Rough-hew them how we will.
This line talks about the intersection of individual free will with a specific kind of fate. We "rough hew" our fates, in that we make choices, but there is a "divinity" (a fate, or more likely in a Christian context, the will of God), that makes it so our individual choices work out as they should. This removes paradox and conflict (between will and fate), and gives meaning to the shapes our lives take.
Posted by gbeatty on February 27, 2007 at 2:29 AM (Answer #1)
Good answer, but it is hard to be completely serious about anything infinite.
So, perhaps this applies only to a select few, like J-Lo
Posted by franknstein on March 31, 2009 at 10:02 PM (Answer #2)
Distinguished actor, Ian Richardson, taking a stroll in the lanes around Stratford, back in the 60s or thereabouts. Meets two men trimming the hedges. Has a chat. Asks them, "But tell me, why does it need two of you?" Answer, "I rough hews them, and he shapes the ends".
Posted by bvwp on January 12, 2010 at 7:26 PM (Answer #3)
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