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Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1962  Wednesday, 8 October 2003

[1]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 07 Oct 2003 14:07:04 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1956 Hamlet

[2]     From:   Jay Feldman <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Oct 2003 14:35:45 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1956 Hamlet


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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Tuesday, 07 Oct 2003 14:07:04 -0400
Subject: 14.1956 Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1956 Hamlet

>Nothing in Shakespeare's version (as has been discussed on
>the list) necessarily suggests his awareness of a plot behind Ophelia's
>visitation.

He twigs to the plot at the outset of the Nunnery Scene -- "Ha ha!  Are
you honest?"   But what brings this on?  Trust the text.

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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Oct 2003 14:35:45 EDT
Subject: 14.1956 Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1956 Hamlet

Edmund Taft:

>Most likely, Fortinbras means that he sees the
>opportunity for bloodless revenge. He remembers what old Hamlet
>did to
>his father, and now he can avenge his father and gain all the
>land his
>father lost ? and more.

I tend to agree and see those "rights of memory" as that of the former
landlord and collector of revenues from those properties.

On another point, I wonder are there moral or social obligations that
demand Fortinbras avenge his father's death, and if so would an
unprovoked attack on Denmark fulfill them?

Jay

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