Re: Generic Expectations (Death by Natural Causes)
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0693. Tuesday, 23 August 1994.
From: W. L. Godshalk <
Date: Monday, 22 Aug 1994 22:32:16 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Natural Causes
I think David Schalkwyk is asking us to consider "death by natural causes" in
the plays. In LOVE'S LABOURS LOST, the king dies offstage apparently of natural
causes. Don't Gloucester and Lear die of natural causes? But I haven't read
Greenblatt's essay, and so I don't know how he defines "natural." But Mortimer
in 1 HENRY VI (2.5) dies of natural causes. Or does Greenblatt give the play to
Over to you, David.
Yours, Bill Godshalk