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Shakespearean Disney; Bristol Essay and More
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0541.  Sunday, 19 June 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Lynn A. Parks <
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        Date:   Fri, 17 Jun 1994 09:08:19 CST
        Subj:   Shakespearean Disney?
 
(2)     From:   James Nielson <
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        Date:   Friday, 17 Jun 94 12:35:37 PST
        Subj:   How many authors had Lady Macbeth?
 
 
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From:           Lynn A. Parks <
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Date:           Fri, 17 Jun 1994 09:08:19 CST
Subject:        Shakespearean Disney?
 
My son, upon recent emancipation from the hospital, received from a friend a
boxed set of Disney's "The Lion King" action figures.  On the back of the box
was a synopsis of the movie's action.  It seems a good king has a young son and
an evil brother.  The evil brother kills the good king and usurps the throne.
The young son, now in danger, leaves the court for the backwoods, where he is
tutored by good-hearted but low-class characters (including a warthog).  When
matured, the son returns to confront the usurping uncle.
 
I could not help but think of parallels with _Hamlet_ and _I Henry IV_ while
reading the synopsis.  Am I stretching things too far?  Has anyone seen the
movie yet?
 
Happy viewing, you parents, Shakespeareans, and Disney fans!
 
P.S.  I tried to tell my son the story of _Hamlet_, so that he would have a
framework for viewing the movie, but I had trouble boiling it down to a
three-year-old's sensibilities.
 
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From:           James Nielson <
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Date:           Friday, 17 Jun 94 12:35:37 PST
Subject:        How many authors had Lady Macbeth?
 
My colleague Rob Holton has been giving some thought to the authorship question
and it seemed to me that his take on it demanded some consideration. I am
sending along the most recent and lapidary statement of his view that I have
received from him. P.S. Michael D. Bristol at McGill has a paper on the Knights
essay "HOW MANY CHILDREN HAD LADY MACBETH." I don't believe it is in print
anywhere yet, but he might be willing to share it with you.
 
                                                        (Arthur Quilted-Couch)
 
Since von Daniken was the only one smart enough to understand that true high
points of our culture are gifts from aliens, the question _must_ then arise:
how did he know?  Only one explanation is possible.  Von Daniken himself is a
member of this vastly superior and highly advanced alien race!  No other
explanation holds up!  And in his (its) own quiet way, that's what he's been
trying to tell us all this time.  Now, this has a very direct bearing on the
authorship question of course.  At the very least, von Daniken is related by
blood to the author of the so-called "Shakespeare" plays.  At the very least!
And, given the possibility (nay, the probability) that this highly developed
alien species possesses a longevity undreamt of in this quaint hinterland of
the universe, is it not possible/probable too that von Daniken himself--who has
after all shown himself to be so aware of human life forms-- IS THE TRUE AUTHOR
OF THOSE PLAYS!!!  No other explanation holds water! At last this "shakespeare"
chicanery can be halted.  The question now becomes one of disseminating this
explosive information.  And how will von Daniken react to being unmasked?
Since he is one of Them, anything is possible.  I think we ought to proceed
carefully on this.
 

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