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Re: Hamlet and the Passage of Time
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0300  Thursday, 8 February 2001

[1]     From:   Stephanie Hughes <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 07 Feb 2001 16:22:06 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0296 Re: Hamlet and the Passage of Time

[2]     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 07 Feb 2001 13:52:15 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0296 Re: Hamlet and the Passage of Time


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From:           Stephanie Hughes <
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Date:           Wednesday, 07 Feb 2001 16:22:06 +0000
Subject: 12.0296 Re: Hamlet and the Passage of Time
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0296 Re: Hamlet and the Passage of Time

That Hamlet makes mistakes regarding the amount of time that's passed
since his father's death is one more clue, to my mind, that the author
was writing from personal experience, if not based on his own feelings
at such a time, then having observed the behavior of someone under the
stress of the kind of grief and suspicion that trouble Hamlet. How else
would a writer know that the passage of time becomes extremely hazy
where there is severe psychological trauma?  Books? I don't think so.

Stephanie Hughes

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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Wednesday, 07 Feb 2001 13:52:15 -0500
Subject: 12.0296 Re: Hamlet and the Passage of Time
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0296 Re: Hamlet and the Passage of Time

>What's more difficult is Hamlet's age -- an issue that has never been
>resolved satisfactorily.

Paul E. Doniger writes.

But doesn't the graveyard scene make clear that Hamlet is thirty?  Steve
Sohmer has some very interesting ideas about Hamlet and time -- ideas
that I wouldn't think of summarizing here, but perhaps Steve will.

Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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