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Re: Hamlet (Once More)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0242  Tuesday, 29 January 2002

[1]     From:   Andrew Walker White <
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        Date:   Monday, 28 Jan 2002 14:39:41 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0220 Re: Hamlet (Once More)

[2]     From:   Jack Heller <
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        Date:   Monday, 28 Jan 2002 20:03:02 +0000 (GMT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0220 Re: Hamlet (Once More)


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From:           Andrew Walker White <
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Date:           Monday, 28 Jan 2002 14:39:41 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 13.0220 Re: Hamlet (Once More)
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0220 Re: Hamlet (Once More)

Good point, Dr. Godshalk, again, with "To be or not to be" and I admit I
need to clarify my interpretation further.  I would agree that Hamlet is
talking, in one sense, about nobility.  But more to the point, he's
talking about whether action or passivity is noble.  Do you put up with
all the injustice you see and feel, or do you take up arms against it?
And if you take up arms against it, what are the consequences for one's
immortal soul?

I also particularly enjoy, when performing, the commas in the speech (I
think in Q2):  "and_,_ by opposing_,_ end them."  The little pauses, to
me, give emphasis to 'opposition' and can give that word, and the word
"end" that follows, a rather dreadful note of preparation.  If we're
agreed that Hamlet is contemplating action, the delivery of those words
can speak to his bloody-mindedness.

OK, so now the big question I've never seen adequately resolved:  what
book is Hamlet _really_ reading?

Cheers,
Andy White

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From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Monday, 28 Jan 2002 20:03:02 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 13.0220 Re: Hamlet (Once More)
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0220 Re: Hamlet (Once More)

To this:

> In my experience, Shakespeare tends to have his characters say what they
> mean, and mean what they say.

may I offer Dogberry as a counterpoint (Much Ado, 4.2): O villain! thou
wilt be condemned into everlasting redemption for this.

Jack Heller

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