The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1617 Friday, 24 September 1999.
Date: Thursday, 23 Sep 1999 12:07:07 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 10.1589 Hamlet and Marriage Practices
Comment: RE: SHK 10.1589 Hamlet and Marriage Practices
>A former student of mine has a question about Tudor marriages. He had
>been reflecting on Henry VIII and <A Man for All Seasons>, and remarks
>that when Henry consults the Bible, he finds two distinct views on
>marrying your brother's widow: one for and one against. His question is
>what relevance would this divine "divided opinion" have had for an
>Elizabethan audience watching <Hamlet>? Specifically, he wonders why
>Shakespeare never really addresses the issue in the play, except for
>Hamlet's response to his mother's marriage. He would like to know if
>Shakespeare's reticence has a political foundation.
>Can the listserv help?
>Thanks in advance,
Re: Hamlet and Marriage Practices-The "divided view" seems to be
exemplified in the play. Hamlet and the Ghost regard Gertrude's
marriage to Claudius as incestuous. Evidently, the rest of the court