Importance And Fate In Shakespeare's Treatment Of Boethius

1679 Words7 Pages
In the Consolation of Philosophy, while wallowing in his sorrow, Boethius is interrupted by Lady Philosophy who seeks to help him in his hour of need. Driving away the Muses, Lady Philosophy begins her treatment of Boethius. She does this by walking Boethius through a series of discussions, eventually leading to conclusions that should comfort Boethius. While Lady Philosophy attempts to logically show that all fortune is good, in an effort to comfort Boethius, she also shows that humans are incapable of fully understanding this and therefore complete comfort in this knowledge is impossible without faith. She attempts to show Boethius, through the explanation of Providence and Fate, that their bad fortune does not exist but at the same time also gives him several reasons why he will not be able to understand it. She makes it very clear that man cannot understand Providence’s working out for good because man only sees confusion and disorder and they cannot know peoples inward motives and inclinations. This means that Boethius cannot find comfort in logic and reason alone, but must have some form of faith.…show more content…
Consequently, this should not bring him comfort since he is unable to understand it. To fully trust and find comfort in what Lady Philosophy tells Boethius, he must have faith not only in the reasoning of Lady Philosophy but also in a good God. One cannot reason himself to see all things working out for good, they must have faith. Only Providence is capable of seeing how exactly everything works out in the end, humans are left with limited knowledge and the capacity to have faith and trust in God. This is the situation Boethius is left in. His situation is dire, and Lady Philosophy is attempting to help him by reasoning him through a series of assumption to cure him of his sorrow. But in the end, Boethius must have faith to find true

    More about Importance And Fate In Shakespeare's Treatment Of Boethius

      Open Document