The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1931 Friday, 20 September 2002
Date: Thursday, 19 Sep 2002 10:00:03 -0400
Subject: Haunted by the Ghost in Hamlet
Comment: SHK 13.1926 Haunted by the Ghost in Hamlet
I'm sure everyone here has read Dover Wilson's "What Happens in Hamlet."
He raises a crux that I have not yet seen resolved, but seems central to
understanding the play:
Why can't Gertrude see the ghost in the bedroom scene?
I have read everything I can find for 30 years on this, including some
recent fascinating books on the religious practices of the period, some
of which support whilst others contradict Wilson's premise- consider
Greenblatt's recent "Hamlet in Purgatory." Now, forgetting Wilson,
[whose thesis is that because she is "in sin" she can't see the ghost] I
wonder what you have arrived at... certainly it signifies something
since the ghost IS seen by others.
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