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Re: What's It All About, Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1786  Friday, 22 September 2000.

[1]     From:   Jeffrey Myers <
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        Date:   Thursday, 21 Sep 2000 09:48:13 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 11.1773 Now, what is Hamlet all about?

[2]     From:   Tom Bishop <
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        Date:   Thursday, 21 Sep 2000 09:51:22 -0500
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[3]     From:   Susan Neill <
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        Date:   Thursday, 21 Sep 2000 08:50:35 -0700 (PDT)
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[4]     From:   Anders Klitgaard <
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        Date:   Friday, 22 Sep 2000 12:58:52 CEST
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From:           Jeffrey Myers <
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Date:           Thursday, 21 Sep 2000 09:48:13 -0400
Subject: 11.1773 Now, what is Hamlet all about?
Comment:        RE: SHK 11.1773 Now, what is Hamlet all about?

a) No, he was not right.

b) A patriarchy too rigid placed upon a son too smart.

Jeff Myers

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Date:           Thursday, 21 Sep 2000 09:51:22 -0500
Subject: 11.1773 Now, what is Hamlet all about?
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1773 Now, what is Hamlet all about?

>How would you say in just a phrase or a sentence what Hamlet is all
>about?

The following headlines are reported from the various regional tabloids
on the morning after the final unpleasantness at Elsinore:

Royal Family in Crisis -- Again

Norway Strongarms Danes

Traduced -- and Taxed!

Horation Talks: "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"

Danish Blue!

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From:           Susan Neill <
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Date:           Thursday, 21 Sep 2000 08:50:35 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 11.1773 Now, what is Hamlet all about?
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1773 Now, what is Hamlet all about?

...A man, with no desire to be a king, trapped between the Rock of Sense
of Duty to a Royal Family and the Hard Place of Desire to Live His Life
for Himself...

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From:           Anders Klitgaard <
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Date:           Friday, 22 Sep 2000 12:58:52 CEST
Subject:        Now, what is Hamlet all about?

Dear All

Oscar Wilde famously prided himself on having summed up whole
philosophies within his epigrams. Did he succeed? I think not.
Nevertheless, his epigrammatic prose has a value of its own. Does it
make sense to distil the essence of Hamlet into a single sentence?
Strictly speaking, it doesn't - but if one loves apt expressions, one
will embrace Robert Peters' invitation to comment on Goethe's suggestion
that Hamlet is about "a deed too harsh laid upon a soul too weak." As
there clearly is some truth to the statement, we should not focus
attention on whether it is true or false, but rather on the extent to
which it is accurate. This is not to say that one cannot be wrong about
Hamlet, of course - to say that the play is about the future of the
Internet is clearly false! In trying to capture the essence of the play,
I remind myself of Harold Bloom's conviction that Hamlet forms a
category of its own, and, a fortiori, that it lies beyond our grasp.
Granted this, the play must sum itself up; it must not be determined
from outside. I know no better, therefore, than that we thus quote
Hamlet, so as to say, "Hamlet is about having that within which passeth
show."

Yours sincerely,
Anders H. Klitgaard

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