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Re: A Wedding and Four Funerals
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1691  Wednesday, 6 October 1999.

[1]     From:   Judith Matthews Craig <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 5 Oct 1999 11:25:40 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1682 A Wedding and Four Funerals

[2]     From:   Al Cacicedo <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 5 Oct 1999 15:10:35 -0400
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From:           Judith Matthews Craig <
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Date:           Tuesday, 5 Oct 1999 11:25:40 -0500
Subject: 10.1682 A Wedding and Four Funerals
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1682 A Wedding and Four Funerals

>Given that Denmark was apparently an elective monarchy, and Gertrude was
>a middle-aged matron probably too old to have additional children, the
>significance of the royal marriage was also diminished. The court
>probably didn't much care who Claudius married, because his marriage
>would not foist an illegitimate heir on the throne of Denmark.

I wonder, though, if part of Hamlet's upset was over his mother's
disregard of HIS rights to the kingship.  True mothers would usually
prefer their own flesh and blood to succeed to their rightful place in
royal succession rather than someone else's, wouldn't they?  I have
often wondered why this apparent flaw in Gertrude's psyche is not
mentioned in feminist criticism.

Judy Craig

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Date:           Tuesday, 5 Oct 1999 15:10:35 -0400
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Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1682 A Wedding and Four Funerals

My sense is that Claudius has oiled the machinery of the court well
enough that the courtiers wouldn't have cared if he had married one of
Othello's goats or monkeys.
 

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