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Addressing Self as 2nd Or 3rd Person
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1861  Thursday, 25 September 2003

From:           Perng Ching-Hsi <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Sep 2003 01:33:43 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Addressing Self as 2nd Or 3rd Person

In /Hamlet/, 5.2, Hamlet tries to reconcile with Laertes before the
fencing match. He says, in part,

Was 't Hamlet wronged Laertes? Never Hamlet.
If Hamlet from himself be ta'en away,
And when he's not himself does wrong Laertes,
Then Hamlet does it not, Hamlet denies it.
Who does it then? His madness. If 't be so,
Hamlet is of the faction that is wronged.
His madness is poor Hamlet's enemy.

Are there other examples of characters addressing themselves as third
person, as Hamlet does here? And have there been studies on this
phenomenon?

Any response will be appreciated.

Ching-Hsi Perng
National Taiwan University

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