The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2574 Friday, 9 November 2001
Date: Thursday, 8 Nov 2001 15:57:10 -0500
Subject: 12.2569 Does Goneril Commit Suicide?
Comment: Re: SHK 12.2569 Does Goneril Commit Suicide?
Edmund would be the best authority, being created by the same pen that
killed Goneril. There are, however, many instances in which we
unaccountably take characters at their word without the ocular proof.
Hamlet's letter to Horatio, for example (I was just looking into the
issue today). Why do we assume that Hamlet, having lied to everyone
else in the play, would never lie to Horatio about the circumstances of
his return to Denmark? Nevertheless, there would have to be some
thematic justification for Edmund making such an error. Your students
should support their reading with some reference to the play's themes.
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