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Re: Mercutio = Marlowe
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0988  Tuesday, 20 May 2003

From:           Colin Cox <
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Date:           Monday, 19 May 2003 09:46:54 -0700
Subject: 14.0981 Re: Mercutio = Marlowe
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0981 Re: Mercutio = Marlowe

Todd Gutmann writes:

>This could be intriguing if I understood what was meant. Isn't
>Shakespeare's voice in every line he wrote? What claim is being made for
>the lines of these characters?

Actually the beauty about Shakespeare is that he rarely gets his voice
in the way. This is 'writer speak.' It is a 'bad' writer who makes
his/her own private opinion talk in the writing. Shakespeare proves
himself quite naughty in Hamlet with his mockery of Edward Alleyn, his
complaints about Will Kempe and his angst over the Children's Theatres
taking all his business. I even get a hint of him in "puzzles the Will."
This is clearly William Shakespeare talking and not Hamlet. This is the
'voice' to which, I think, is being alluded. Shakespeare, being as human
as the rest of us, sometimes just had to let us know, through the
actions of a character, what he thought about the state of the world.

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