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Re: All may be well.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1716  Sunday, 8 July 2001

From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Friday, 6 Jul 2001 21:15:09 -0400
Subject: 12.1709 Re: All may be well.
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1709 Re: All may be well.

Claudius, like Laertes and Fortinbras, as a foil, is given qualities
that contrast with Hamlet's self defeating character.  His ability to
rise optimistic, from despair and self-abnegation and get back to work,
contrasts with Hamlet's miring himself in self-doubt and self-sabotage,
and but for Gertrude's drinking problem, he would have succeeded. It's a
Renaissance version of Seven Habits of Highly Successful People.

Clifford

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