The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1167 Thursday, 12 June 2003
Date: Wednesday, 11 Jun 2003 08:50:38 -0400
Subject: 14.1146 Re: Polonius and Reynaldo
Comment: Re: SHK 14.1146 Re: Polonius and Reynaldo
>The answer to Kenneth Chan's query about the "reasons ... for inclusion
>of this dialogue" can be found in the recent colloquy between Ed Pixley
>and myself about the function of this passage. It serves the same
>purpose as the device of falling calendar pages did in 1930s cinema --
>it illustrates the passage of time.
>Incidentally, it also elaborates on Polonius's "indirect" methods,
>which, together with the advice to Laertes, provides the most
>satisfactory explanation for Hamlet's recognition of Polonius's hand in
>the Nunnery Scene.
You might also consider the way in which the scene introduces the spying
motif which permeates the play.
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