Understanding Malaysia’s Political Scenario through Royce’s Concepts of Loyalty: An Interpretation from Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens and Pericles

By Arbaayah Ali Termizi and Florence Toh Haw Ching.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This paper aims to highlight selected concepts of loyalty as displayed in two of William Shakespeare’s plays, Timon of Athens and Pericles, through the explication of Josiah Royce’s Philosophy of Loyalty. The study concentrates on two specific characters, the Steward in Timon of Athens and Helicanus in Pericles, and the extent of loyalty shown towards their respective masters. It is also observed that the master-servant relationships interpreted in the plays bear some resemblance to the subordinate-superior relations in the current political scene in Malaysia. As such, an extension is made to further understand the cross-cultural concepts of loyalty practised by both the East and the West. With the understanding of the seventeenth-century government in both Shakespeare’s England and the Malaccan sultanate, this study hopes to emphasize the immortality of Shakespeare’s works in contemporary settings.

Keywords: Shakespeare, Josiah Royce, Philosophy of Loyalty, Timon of Athens, Pericles, Helicanus, Steward, Malaysia, Politics

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.43-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.196MB).

Dr. Arbaayah Ali Termizi

Senior Lecturer, English Language Department, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Arbaayah Ali Termizi (PhD) is currently a senior lecturer with the English Department of Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her main research interest lies in areas related to Shakespeare’s studies particularly in the illustrations of texts and staging aspects of the plays. In addition she is also interested in studies related to incorporating the art of drama performances in the teaching of Shakespeare’s texts.

Florence Toh Haw Ching

Masters Candidate, English Language Department, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Florence Toh Haw Ching is currently doing her Masters in English Literature with the English Language Department in Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, UPM. Her research interest lies in studies related to Shakespeare’s playtexts.

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