The Can of Worms: Characters
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0760. Wednesday, 16 July 1997.
From: Milla Riggio <
Date: Tuesday, 15 Jul 1997 09:04:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0757 Re: Various Hamlet
Comment: Re: SHK 8.0757 Re: Various Hamlet
Oh well: Let's open up the can of worms. I would like to ask for a
list of comments made in Shakespearean plays by characters which are
deceptive, when the audience does not know about the deception and the
ONLY way to determine such deception is an otherwise unsignified
internal motivation (such as the "sarcasm" assumed here).
One can play lines any way one chooses, of course; these plays are now
"owned" by actors, directors, readers, - US and all our kin. We can
make of them what we will. But a reading like the one below presumes
some "textual" foundation for the assumption that Hamlet intentionally
killed Polonius; that "textual" authority is in this case the
application of a modern concept of continuity (Hamlet has just left
Claudius; this cannot be Claudius. WHY NOT?)
> The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0757. Tuesday, 15 July 1997.
> From: Melissa Aaron <
> Date: Monday, 14 Jul 1997 23:47:00 -0600
> Subject: Re: SHK 8.0751 Re: Various Re: Hamlet
> >One more Director's question: does Hamlet really think Claudius is in
> >Gertrude's room, behind the arras? He's just left him behind in the
> >chapel (which, at Elsinore, is near a spiral staircase leading to the
> >Queen's chambers, I believe) and I've always wondered whether this meant
> >his remarks after stabbing Polonius were meant as sarcasm.
> >Any takers on that one?
> >Andy White
> >Arlington, V
> Yes. Hamlet says of Polonius "I took thee for thy better" and I don't
> think that's sarcastic.
> Melissa Aaron
> Madison WI