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Qs: Kingship; The Duke in MM
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0121 Wednesday, 20 February 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Chantal Payette <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 15 Feb 1994 11:06:11 EST
        Subj:   question on kingship
 
(2)     From:   Michael Sharpston <
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        Date:   Sunday, 06 Feb 1994 13:25:00 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   The Duke in "Measure for Measure"; Bobby Ray Inman
 
 
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From:           Chantal Payette <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Feb 1994 11:06:11 EST
Subject:        question on kingship
 
Hi,
        This is my first posting to this list, so I am a bit nervous.
I would really appreciate it if someone, anyone, could give me a few
hints or ideas concerning kingship and authority in any of or all of
 
        - Macbeth
        - Edward II
        - Richard III
        - King Lear
 
What I am doing is research on the aspects of Kingship within one of
these plays and it's comparison to historical reality.  I haven't
exactly created a proper thesis yet (if anyone has any ideas?;)) but I
am working on it.  I think perhaps after acquiring some concrete information
through research, the thesis would become clearer.
 
Thanks very much,
 
Chantal Payette
ITS
Robarts Library
University of Toronto

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From:           Michael Sharpston <
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Date:           Sunday, 06 Feb 1994 13:25:00 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        The Duke in "Measure for Measure"; Bobby Ray Inman
 
Courtesy of Blair Kelly III, I have just been at a reading of Measure for
Measure.  I was struck by the Duke's sentiments in the following passage:
 
                No might nor greatness in mortality
                Can censure 'scape:  back-wounding calumny
                The whitest virtue strikes.  What king so strong
                Can tie the gall up in the slanderous tongue?
                                                Act III Sc ii ll. 200-203
 
and also this other passage, where to my perception there is no connection to
the immediate context:
 
                O place and greatness! millions of false eyes
                Are stuck upon thee:  volumes of report
                Run with these false and most contrarious quests
                Upon thy doings:  thousand escapes of wit
                Make thee the father of their idle dream,
                And rack thee in their fancies!
                                                Act IV Sc i ll. 61-66
 
Clearly, Lucio has got to the Duke with his comments.
 
I could not help hearing echoes of Bobby Ray Inman.  I must admit that I had
not realized previously that The Washington Post was very likely one of
Shakespeare's key sources, almost up there with Holinshed.
 
Does anyone know of a good and convincing character analysis of the Duke?  My
thanks in advance.
 
          Michael Sharpston
          
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          (The views expressed here, especially in regard to Shakespeare's
          sources, are strictly my own, and do not reflect those of my
          employer).
 

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