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no spirit dares stir
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2068  Monday, 27 October 2003

From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Wednesday, 22 Oct 2003 05:49:10 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 14.2027 no spirit dares stir
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2027 no spirit dares stir

Martin Steward writes, "So - Bill Arnold's sole point behind these
interminable ravings is simply that 'spirit' is a more 'serious' word
than 'ghost'. And there was I thinking (rather charitably) that there
was some profound theological undercurrent to it all that I was somehow
missing out on."

Not at all, mon ami!

Indeed, there *IS* a "profound theological undercurrent" to all the
"spirit" dichotomy referents in Will S's play Hamlet.  In my book JESUS:
The Gospel According To Will, I argued that point, precisely, and you
can obtain a copy for further study from abebooks.com.

For the nonce, however, I will point out that in *Christology* the words
"Soul," and "Breath," and "Spirit," and "Ghost," and "Will" find
themselves often translated by translators as synonyms: but I would
remind you *all* that they have *connotations* quite different, and
inasmuch as they are unique words, they *are* different.

Beware that various Biblical texts interchange the words according to
the translator's whim!

In Will S's opening scenes of Hamlet the play, one notes the symbolism:
"Father"[apart], the "Son"[here and now] and the [Holy]Ghost."

Theological implications, enough, for you, Martin [Voltaire's cynic, in
*Candide*?]
Or,
seeing as you are so "charitible," Lord Pococurante?

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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