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Various Queries
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0838  Monday, 10 May 1999.

[1]     From:   Eric Andrew Swan <
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        Date:   Friday, 7 May 1999 10:30:04 -0500
        Subj:   Lear and Suffering

[2]     From:   Andy Drewry <
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        Date:   Saturday, 08 May 1999 14:49:49 -0700
        Subj:   Polonius and Corambis

[3]     From:   Carrie Lyn Brooks <
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        Date:   Sunday, 9 May 1999 13:35:23 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Reduced Hamlet


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From:           Eric Andrew Swan <
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Date:           Friday, 7 May 1999 10:30:04 -0500
Subject:        Lear and Suffering

My class just finished up two weeks on studying King Lear, and we ended
with a discussion on the suffering of the characters in the play.
Something that I can not resolve is the fact that everyone in the play
seems to suffer greatly, including the extremely virtuous, almost to a
fault, Cordelia.  Edgar claims in Act 5 Scene 3 that the "gods are just,
we bring punishment on ourselves."  Since that is basically the last
mention of a philosophy in the play, is this how we are supposed to
interpret everything that went on?  Am I to accept this philosophy as
the meaning that Shakespeare was trying to get me to understand?  I am
just having a hard time accepting this explanation as the truth and
reality of justice.

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From:           Andy Drewry <
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Date:           Saturday, 08 May 1999 14:49:49 -0700
Subject:        Polonius and Corambis

Can anyone pass along possible sources for either of these names in
Hamlet.  Corambis is the first quarto character that corresponds with
Polonius in the Folio, and I am searching for studies that mights
explain the source of either of these names or research about general
changes in the Folio.

Thank you,
Andy Drewry

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From:           Carrie Lyn Brooks <
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Date:           Sunday, 9 May 1999 13:35:23 -0500 (CDT)
Subject:        Reduced Hamlet

I am currently working on a paper to reduce the length of Hamlet to a
half an hour. When I first went through making the reductions, I
completely eliminated Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Ophelia from the
play in order to focus on the relationship between Hamlet and Claudius.
Now I'm beginning to wonder if I was too hasty, especially with cutting
out Ophelia. Does anyone have any suggestions?
 

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