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Q: Hamlet's Oath
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0255  Wednesday, 25 March 1998.

From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Wednesday, 25 Mar 1998 03:34:14 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Hamlet's Oath

I am seeking any approaches to an interpretation of the oath on Hamlet's
sword. I am interested in the possibility of a veiled allusion to the
"Oath of the Horatii."  Has this connection ever been made? Have any
critics addressed this scene?

Thanks in advance and belated thanks to Stephen Orgel and others whose
responses to my earlier post about Cade's ostrich have been extremely

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