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Q: Hamlet's Age
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0325  Friday, 26 February 1999.

From:           Laura Blankenship <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Feb 1999 20:12:17 -0600
Subject:        Hamlet's Age

I have a burning question.  How old is Hamlet anyway?  I've just
finished teaching the play and it seems to be a main concern with my
students.  The graveyard scene indicates he's in his late 20s or early
30s.  Do we trust this?  The reason it bothered my students was that
they thought his behavior often wasn't in line with his supposed age, as
given by the gravedigger.  Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

Laura Blankenship
University of Arkansas

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