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Q: Hamlet/Ophelia
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1088.  Tuesday, 28 October 1997.

From:           Amy Turner <
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Date:           Monday, 27 Oct 1997 15:42:09 -0400 (AST)
Subject:        Hamlet

In the grave scene in Hamlet, Hamlet and Laertes get into a messy little
row in over Ophelia's corpse.  Not only is Laertes attempting to
physically protect his sister's virtue from the brooding Hamlet when
carnal lust is no longer a viable danger, but it also seems as though he
may be fighting over her love as well.  It is rather telling that they
are battling it out in the six foot hole in the ground which is
undoubtedly a sexual metaphor. Hamlet exclaims: "Dost thou come her to
whine, / To outface me with leaping in her grave?" (V.1.262-3).  Why
does Hamlet feel that his romantic love for Ophelia is threatened by her
own brother?

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