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Re: Subjectivity in *Hamlet*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 918.  Friday, 10 December 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Thursday, 09 Dec 1993 16:31:14 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0912  Re: Subjectivity in *Hamlet*
 
(2)     From:   Robert Burke <BURKE@RCKHRST1.bitnet>
        Date:   Thursday, 09 Dec 1993 18:38:14 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0912  Re: Subjectivity in *Hamlet*
 
 
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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Thursday, 09 Dec 1993 16:31:14 -0400
Subject: 4.0912  Re: Subjectivity in *Hamlet*
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0912  Re: Subjectivity in *Hamlet*
 
Hold it, Jim.  Does your theory that meaning may be vague as a result of
courtly innuendo really different from Julie's?  Both represent a vacancy,
either of meaning or of courage.  The two aren't unrelated, either.
I notice that the uncertain and the cowardly use double-meanings more
often than the stable and courageous, who simply "stand and deliver."
Where Macbeth rails, Macduff relegates words to his sword.  Benedick before
Hero's fall says hardly a single straight line, and in challenging Claudio
is conspicuous for the simplicity of his message.  The subjectivity of
Hamlet's prose probably reflects his malaise, while that of the court
probably reflects its poisoned cowardice.
 
        Cheerio,
        Sean Lawrence (AC.DAL.CA)
 
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From:           Robert Burke <BURKE@RCKHRST1.bitnet>
Date:           Thursday, 09 Dec 1993 18:38:14 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 4.0912  Re: Subjectivity in *Hamlet*
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0912  Re: Subjectivity in *Hamlet*
 
Is not that same "authoritative ambiguity" not the same that Queen Elizabeth
resorted to in commanding (?) the death of Mary Stuart - and that example,
having taken place as recently as 1587, had to be very close to the
consciousness of the Elizabethans close to the Court.
 

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