Essay for Shakespeare’s Day [Short story]
Nor is not mov’d with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.”
Second of all, while the lack of musical talent in oneself can be remedied through ear training, the refusal of being enthralled by powerful music cannot. Not enjoying melodic sounds is not an effect of poor art knowledge; rather, its cause can be described as the improper functioning of the part of the brain that deals with rhythm, intervals and parameters. It is common sense that human activities can be summarized as a certain routine, therefore resonating with the repetitive aspect of music. Furthermore, since both these activities and musical sounds are universal and beyond the language barrier, a simple deduction can be formed: a personwho does not synchronize with the basic feelings of joy, fear, sorrow or love portrayed by music cannot synchronize with the heart and soul of humankind itself.
Finally, in order to realize just how great the harm of a non musical existence is to a person, one has to take into consideration exactly how that person would have benefitted from music in the first place. According to recent scientific studies, listening to or performing music not only reduces pain and stress, but it also increases optimism, stimulates thinking processes, maintains a good spiritual health and – most important of all – helps socialize. On the contrary, avoiding music might help develop an anti-social, dangerous and precarious behaviour – a behaviour focused on producing harm, committing treason and not staying true to oneself.
In conclusion, not only do I agree with Shakespeare’s vision regarding “the man that hath no music in himself” portrayed in the extract from “The Merchant of Venice”, but I also feel the impulse to add my own opinion to it. While music may come in various voices and instruments depending on what feelings it transmits, it is to the listener the equivalent of a well to a thirsty traveller – both water and sounds fill the heart and how dry, lifeless and treacherous would that human heart be without them!