What are some meanings of the essay "Of Anger" by Francis Bacon? In particular, what are the three causes and motives of anger that Francis Bacon mentions?
In his essay “Of Anger,” Sir Francis Bacon lists various causes or motives of anger, including the following:
- a “natural inclination and habit to be angry”: in other words, a tendency toward anger may be part of a particular person’s character and is probably also innate in human nature.
- an inability or disinclination to be patient, so that we behave like bees (in the words of Seneca):
. . . animasque in vulnere ponunt
[that put their lives in the sting].
- weakness. Bacon suggests that weak persons are more likely to be angry than strong persons.
Bacon cites three causes of anger especially:
- being overly sensitive – in other words, having feelings that are too easily hurt.
- assuming that any injuring one receives from others was full of contempt and disrespect – in other words,...
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