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Re: Antonio in TN
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1394  Thursday, 13 July 2000.

[1]     From:   Tony Burton <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Jul 2000 10:36:45 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1384 Re: Antonio in TN

[2]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Jul 2000 13:18:08 -0400
        Subj:   Re: Antonio in TN


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From:           Tony Burton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Jul 2000 10:36:45 -0700
Subject: 11.1384 Re: Antonio in TN
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1384 Re: Antonio in TN

The idea that Antonio may have come from another vessel -- answering a
question I never myself thought to ask -- is very satisfying from a
point of view not yet suggested.  I refer to the habit of reading into
Shakespeare non-literal and what the Elizabethans would have called
"dark," meanings, metaphysical, transcendental, and the like, that save
his stories from being reduced to what they would have dismissed as
merely "a tale of a tubb." With this bias announced, let me compare the
miscarried sea voyage in "Twelfth Night" with the one in the
near-contemporary "Hamlet".  There, Hamlet's almost fatal journey to
England is interrupted by pirates, who Hamlet invites us to consider
thieves of mercy and agents of providence.  Implying, videlicet, divine
intervention, higher purpose, and other similarly universalizing plot
elements currently unfashionable to discuss among hot scholars.  But if
Shakespeare used them outspokenly in the one play, isn't there good
reason to allow that they might have been part of his imaginative vision
in the other, with Antonio serving the same role as the pirates?

Antonio Burton AP (Agent of Providence)

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Jul 2000 13:18:08 -0400
Subject:        Re: Antonio in TN

And why did Malvolio have Viola's captain arrested?  Was this because
this captain doubled with Antonio and his absence from V.i had to be
explained?
 

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