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Re: Death in *Hamlet* and *Julius Caesar*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 887.  Friday, 3 December 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Ann M. Cox <
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        Date:   Thursday, 02 Dec 93 12:25:59 EST
        Subj:   SHK 4.0885 Q: Death in *Hamlet* and *Julius Caesar*
 
(2)     From:   William Godshalk <
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        Date:   Thursday, 02 Dec 1993 23:20:03 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0885  Q: Death in *Hamlet* and *Julius Caesar*
 
 
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From:           Ann M. Cox <
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Date:           Thursday, 02 Dec 93 12:25:59 EST
Subject: Q: Death in *Hamlet* and *Julius Caesar*
Comment:        SHK 4.0885 Q: Death in *Hamlet* and *Julius Caesar*
 
You are probably aware of this but I'll just throw it in the ring
anyway. I have noticed that death in Shakespeare is very much in the
classic vein. Death is noble and is sometimes the better thing
to do. Even Caesar died in a classical manner. He faced death as it
came, he did not cower and cry out, he remained the man he was till the
end, he died a noble man.
 
In addition, in following the dictates of the classical, hubris is always
punished. It was one of the reasons Caesar was attacked: "The noble
Brutus hath told you Caesar was ambitious: if it were so, it was a
grievious fault, and grieviously hath Caesar answered it..." And as
with all faults "the doer shall sufferer".
 
Ann M. Cox
 
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Date:           Thursday, 02 Dec 1993 23:20:03 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 4.0885  Q: Death in *Hamlet* and *Julius Caesar*
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0885  Q: Death in *Hamlet* and *Julius Caesar*
 
The best book on death that I use is Becker's THE DENIAL OF DEATH. The book was
published posthumously! Norman O. Brown's LIFE AGAINST DEATH - as I recall -
has some good stuff on death. I don't know if either of these will help you
with death in JC and HAM, but they are "amusing" in themselves.
 
Yours in the ranks of death,
Bill Godshalk
 

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