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Re: Mousetrap (was Clashing Ideals)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1997  Thursday, 16 August 2001

[1]     From:   Graham Hall <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 14 Aug 2001 17:06:18 +0000
        Subj:   Uncle me no uncle

[2]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 14 Aug 2001 10:55:52 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1985 Re: Hamlet's Clashing Ideals

[3]     From:   Paul E. Doniger <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 14 Aug 2002 12:05:23 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 12.1991 Re: Hamlet's Clashing Ideals

[4]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 15 Aug 2001 09:04:34 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 12.1991 Re: Hamlet's Clashing Ideals

[5]     From:   Don Bloom <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 15 Aug 2001 15:17:47 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1991 Re: Hamlet's Clashing Ideals


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From:           Graham Hall <
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 Aug 2001 17:06:18 +0000
Subject:        Uncle me no uncle

Shakespeare's assumptions (assuming that he held any) of what his
audience understood in the case of "cousin" may surely satisfy the
honour of  Don Bloom and Brian Haylett both . It's all relative.

Best Wishes,
Graham Hall

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 Aug 2001 10:55:52 -0700
Subject: 12.1985 Re: Hamlet's Clashing Ideals
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1985 Re: Hamlet's Clashing Ideals

To add to what is becoming a chorus (or is it a troop of criers?) of
respondents to Graham Bradshaw, I'd like to point out that the following
strikes me as overtaxing the realism of the Elizabethan stage:

>Hence my stage-oriented question, some weeks ago. HOW COULD Claudius
>reveal his guilt, unequivocally, to Hamlet, in a way that is nonetheless
>invisible to everybody else in the onstage audience, including Horatio
>(who has been told what to watch for), and Gertrude (who is sitting next
>to Claudius), and Polonius (who refers to Hamlet's "pranks", and
>Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (who prattle about the divinity that hedges
>a king, which they would never do if they thought Claudius had murdered
>King Hamlet)?

Indeed, how could he?  How, for that matter, could Aaron show us his
hair straightening, in Titus Andronicus, without everyone else who comes
along commenting on the new coif.  For that matter, how could "My fleece
of woolly hair that now uncurls, / Even as an adder when she doth unroll
/ To do some fatal execution" (2.3.34-36) be portrayed without a rather
elaborate and specially built wig?

There is, however, one good reason why we might not notice Claudius's
response, or lack thereof:  we're distracted by both the players and
Hamlet.  A similar effect occurs in King Lear when Edgar changes accents
(arbitrarily) to greet and fight with Oswald.  Gloucester never comments
on the inconsistency, but the audience is probably too impressed by
Edgar's spectacular acting to even notice how nonsensical it is.

My reading would require Claudius not overacting one way or the other,
but everyone else on stage acting furiously, so it still changes the
usual production decisions in order to leave Hamlet almost uniquely
aware of Claudius's guilt.

Cheers,
Se

 

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