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Re: R&J in Lust?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0334  Monday 1 March 1999.

From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Friday, 26 Feb 1999 20:41:36 -0000
Subject: 10.0324 Re: R&J in Lust?
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0324 Re: R&J in Lust?

>>Love
>>in opposition to lust is a recurrent obsession of the tragedies, except
>>in some ways, Romeo and Juliet, though one could argue that their whole
>>death-marked love is corrupt.
>
>I write:
>
>How could one argue this?
>
>Paul S. Rhodes

While the love/lust opposition just +might+ apply to the earlier plays
(though I doubt this -- it's never as clear as the opposition between
the Dark Lady and the Young Man in the _Sonnets_, and even there it's
not as simple as a simple opposition), it collapses completely when we
come to  _Antony and Cleopatra_, where we have the reductive Romans
ratting on about Antony's 'lust', while what we as audience see is much
more complex.

Robin Hamilton
 

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