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Re: Haunted by the Ghost in Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2107  Saturday, 21 October 2002

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        Date:   Friday, 18 Oct 2002 07:55:16 -0700 (PDT)
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Date:           Friday, 18 Oct 2002 07:55:16 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 13.2083 Re: Haunted by the Ghost in Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2083 Re: Haunted by the Ghost in Hamlet

A few words (from a player) in defense of the shadow...

Augustine's CITY OF GOD (a foundational text of Catholic theology)
suggests that a distinguishing feature of a demon is his ability to be
perturbed by earthly things - an angel's demeanor is more...  angelic,
given the constant communion with the Creator.

If that's the case, perhaps it's significant that he reappears in 3.4 to
pull Hamlet out of the torrent of misdirected emotion in his mother's
closet.  His stillness of mien would be a signal to the audience that
this spirit could not be aroused by lust or anger, as a demon would.

(The ghost is disturbed by the earthly situation

 

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