Make a Donation

Consider making a donation to support SHAKSPER.

Subscribe to Our Feeds

Current Postings RSS

Announcements RSS

Home :: Archive :: 2003 :: May ::
Mercutio = Marlowe?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0895  Friday, 9 May 2003

From:           Tue Sorensen <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Friday, 9 May 2003 03:53:50 +0200
Subject:        Mercutio = Marlowe?

Mercutio is endlessly punning on "stab". Instead of simply reading this
as bawdry, can one not make the argument that Mercutio is supposed to be
a portrayal of Marlowe, who by the time Romeo and Juliet was written had
recently been stabbed to death? In fact, might one not go so far as to
suggest that the relationship of Romeo and Mercutio is a detailed
description of that of Shakespeare and Marlowe? This seems to make a lot
of sense to me. Even if it is the case, the exact degree of detail is of
course subject to speculation. Could Shakespeare have been present in
the very tavern; in the very brawl where Marlowe met his end?

Does anyone know if a connection between Mercutio and Marlowe has been
suggested before? I have not come across the idea thus far.

- Tue Sorensen

_______________________________________________________________
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
Hardy M. Cook, 
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
The S H A K S P E R Web Site <http://www.shaksper.net>

DISCLAIMER: Although SHAKSPER is a moderated discussion list, the
opinions expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the
editor assumes no responsibility for them.
 

Other Messages In This Thread

©2011 Hardy Cook. All rights reserved.