Macbeth a Chicago. Etica e bioetica nella serie tv ‘’Boss” - Macbeth in Chicago. Ethics and bioethics in the tv series “Boss”
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This paper provides a comparative analysis between the American Tv series Boss (2011-2012) and its Shakespearean models. Far from being a modern reenactment of a single play, Boss is based on characters and situations dealing with the same ethical and bioethical issues of many Elizabethan tragedies. The main theme, dementia, comes from King Lear: Tom Kane, the fictional Mayor of Chicago, wants to cover up his severe degenerative disease. He is helped by his counsellor, Ezra Stone, and his personal assistant, Kitty. As the series moves on, Stone is killed by order of Kane himself and his spectre, or hallucination, starts to appear, such as Banquo does in Macbeth. The self-controlled/passionate Kitty is a sort of new Cressida. The image of political life as a mixture of “lechery” and “wars” comes from Troilus and Cressida too, but Measure for Measure is also to be considered for its representation of hypocrisy in men of power. Lastly, the most important reference is to Macbeth again: Kane doesn’t consider medicine as a science, but as a work of witchcraft. His only purpose is to preserve his power. The lack of ethical rules is the reason for the impossibility of solving the bioethical dilemmas we find in Boss. As one character says, this is a world where “it is a little late for conscience”.
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