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Re: More about "Julius Caesar"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2166  Wednesday, 30 October 2002

From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Tuesday, 29 Oct 2002 14:07:48 -0500
Subject: 13.2138 Re: More about "Julius Caesar"
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2138 Re: More about "Julius Caesar"

>[Unless we have some record of Shakespeare's intentions apart from the
>work itself, I don't know how we can determine with any precision WHY
>Shakespeare chose anything whatever.]

Back at Brooklyn College I was always told that thesis statements should
be expressed as assertions whether or not they can be determined with
precision. You're supposed to say "we," not "I" and "the gentle reader,"
not "you," and you're not supposed to say "I think" or "I believe";
you're just supposed to say "thus it is." In any case, when Hamlet says
"play upon this pipe" even the well endowed commies somehow know he's
holding a flute.

Clifford Stetner

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