Justice in Measure for Measure: An Approach through Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga-Psychology


The theoretical approach applied in this paper is based on the 'consciousness investigation' of Sri Aurobindo( 1872-1950), who gives us a detailed map of human consciousness using his own terms for the different areas of our being, like the Physical, Vital, Mental, Psychic(in the Upanishadic sense), their various sub-divisions and the blend of those planes operating in us. Like Jung, (Transformation and Symbolism of the Libido, 1913), Sri Aurobindo goes against Freud's idea of Libido( the Indian uses the words 'Vital' or 'Physical-Vital' for Libido) as a mere sexual impulse and believes in its capacity for creativity and inspiration, especially if it is influenced by the Psychic, our inmost being, hidden behind the physical, the vital and the mind. For Sri Aurobindo, 'the Psychic is our soul in evolution from birth to birth'. I agree to the Christian interpretation of Justice in Measure for Measure. But then, can Justice be perfect without a change of consciousness in the judges ? What does Shakespeare mean by the Justice of the Duke? The present paper wishes to examine the consciousness of the characters in Measure for Measure(1604), especially that of the Duke, and find out the real nature of Justice offered in the court and prison of Vienna, where we find the important locations of action in the play.

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Goutam Ghosal, Visva-Bharati, India

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Conference: IICSSDubai2016
Stream: Psychology & Social Psychology

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