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Re: To be or not to be
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1919  Wednesday, 1 August 2001

From:           Edmund Taft <
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Date:           Tue, 31 Jul 2001 13:48:24 -0400
Subject:        Re: To be or not to be

Andy White writes that "[Ophelia] loves and trusts her father too much
for her own good."  Right, and that's one reason why Hamlet is angry at
her.  As soon as Ophelia attempts to give back Hamlet's "remembrances,"
which she would never do of her own volition, Hamlet knows that she has
become a tool of her father, and it's only a short step from there to
the conclusion that he and she are being watched.

But there is surely a lack of insight/empathy here on Hamlet's part!
Who else in this play may love and trust his father too much, and may be
allowing himself to be used as a tool to further a father's ends?

--Ed Taft

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