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Re: Major Clerical Characters
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1996  Friday, 27 September 2002

[1]     From:   R. A. Cantrell <
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        Date:   Thursday, 26 Sep 2002 11:15:03 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1984 Re: Major Clerical Characters

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        Date:   Thursday, 26 Sep 2002 12:36:25 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1943 Re: Major Clerical Characters

[3]     From:   Brian Willis <
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        Date:   Thursday, 26 Sep 2002 09:37:19 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1984 Re: Major Clerical Characters


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From:           R. A. Cantrell <
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Date:           Thursday, 26 Sep 2002 11:15:03 -0500
Subject: 13.1984 Re: Major Clerical Characters
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1984 Re: Major Clerical Characters

I've made a muddle by mis-clipping. A point I wish to make is that
situating Hamlet hundreds of years before Luther also situates the play
prior to the establishment of a university at Wittenberg. There is no
stipulation in the play that 'school' is university, but the prince is a
bit long in the tooth for anything else. Also, the clash between
Wittenberg (Hamlet) and Paris (Laertes) may be over-read
(interestingly). Catholicism poisons Protestantism which in turn
destroys Religion. Seems to be working out.

All the best,
R.A. Cantrell
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From:           John W. Kennedy <
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Date:           Thursday, 26 Sep 2002 12:36:25 -0400
Subject: 13.1943 Re: Major Clerical Characters
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1943 Re: Major Clerical Characters

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>You might, though, want to consider Merry Wives, where the major
>clerical figure is Parson Hugh.

<SIGH/>  I expressly excepted MWW in my original note.

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From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Thursday, 26 Sep 2002 09:37:19 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 13.1984 Re: Major Clerical Characters
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1984 Re: Major Clerical Characters

Back to the topic of major clerical characters in Shakespeare:

Why do so many of them have the potential for comedy? (for those who
believe in authorial intentions).  :)

Friar Laurence has been known to evoke laughs. The Archbishop of
Canterbury ("So that, as clear as is the summer's sun" ) is almost
certainly meant to stir laughter in the court. The more I rehearse King
John, the more I believe that some of the words of Pandulph (especially
the ridiculously contradictory and obtuse "all form is formless, order
orderless, Save that that is opposite to England's love" speech in II.
i.) are meant to be laughed at and scorned at times. If one believes
Malvolio to truly and literally be a Puritan as Maria claims, then he
could be argued as another clerical character for us to laugh at. What
is so funny about religion? Could it have anything to do with the
dichotomy between the clergy and the lewdness at the theatres of the
time?

Brian Willis

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