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Determined to Be a Villain
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1859  Thursday, 25 September 2003

[1]     From:   Chris Stroffolino <
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        Date:   Thursday, 25 Sep 2003 00:51:03 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1799 Determined to Be a Villain

[2]     From:   Graham Hall <
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        Date:   Thursday, 25 Sep 2003 09:18:07 +0000
        Subj:   Two things coming out of Texas


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From:           Chris Stroffolino <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Sep 2003 00:51:03 +0000
Subject: 14.1799 Determined to Be a Villain
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1799 Determined to Be a Villain

Or perhaps an early note?

Does anybody think that Ian McKellen flattens out the early acts of the
play, the character, in ways that lesson the dramatic tension?

I know R3 is early Shakes, and there's far less moral/ethical ambiguity
than in R2 or later ones, but McKellen even seems to take what was there
away, right off the bat.

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From:           Graham Hall <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Sep 2003 09:18:07 +0000
Subject:        Two things coming out of Texas

Mr Cohen's condemnatory meanderings (14.1847) about the psychopathology
of Richard the Third are confused and erroneous. They are also
impertinent to the point of being abusive.  A self-proclaimed "rank
amateur" and "buff" he is decent enough to provide  substantiating
evidence of this in his posting. He opines "that psychopathology is in
fact damned interesting to most humans". Perhaps it is. I shall forward
his views on psychology/psychiatry to my colleagues who are currently
employed in neuro-psychiatric centres once I have checked them against
the notes I made when I was reading the subject at university all those
years ago - as I will with my obstetric colleagues about his novel
information on Macbeth's caesarean birth. He further wonders if he tilts
at a windmill. Well, he certainly tilts. But it would be best done, if
it's going to continue about matters psychiatric, within an appropriate
forum on the net for, to borrow a phrase from a recent scholarly
correspondent, "What's this got to do with Shakespeare?"

Yours ( forever being enlightened, but siding with insanity because I
know it makes sense),

Graham Hall

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