Thursday, September 25, 2014
Shakespeare References in Scientology: A New Slant On Life
There are Shakespeare references everywhere, even in those nutty Scientology books. Scientology: A New Slant On Life contains a few references. The first is in a paragraph about William Harvey. L. Ron Hubbard writes: “Harvey was a member of the audience of a play by Shakespeare in which the playwright made the same observation, but again the feeling that artists never contribute anything to society blocked anyone but Harvey from considering the statement as anything more than fiction” (p. 35).
The second is a reference to The Second Part Of King Henry The Fourth. Hubbard writes: “Uneasy lies the head that wears a guilty conscience” (p. 228). That is a reference to the King’s line “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” from Act III Scene i.
The third is a mention in the book’s glossary, where “Shakespeare” is defined as “William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English poet and author of many plays; the most famous playwright of all time” (p. 334).