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King James's Original Obsessive Idea, Not Hamlet's
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1222  Thursday, 19 June 2003

From:           Rolland Banker <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 Jun 2003 23:41:45 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        King James's Original Obsessive Idea, Not Hamlet's

After rereading Bill Arnold's message on Hamlet's original idea about
the ghost, to simplify, I guess what I am saying in my "Apprehending the
Groundling's Hamlet" is that:

It was Hamlet rather, in my opinion, who is intuitively relating the
common and healthy Christian folk wisdom of Elizabethan times by his
acceptance of the ghost's veracity even as his mind trembled in a new
multi-conscious world. (So much to process, so little time).

While with all due respect to the King, James appears to me to be
obsessed with the devil and mysticism somewhat with his book and by the
title. (I never read it though). And as wannabe author he probably felt
like he was breaking new ground with a breathtaking counter-intuitive
claim of spotting the devil everywhere, or at least where there is no
logical explanation.

Hamlet looks and reads to me like a healthy guy really experiencing a
psychic trauma for the first time. The mole of his own nature literally
shakes with the earth in some kind of synchronicity that astounds dear
Hamlet. Hence:

"There are more things in Heaven and Earth (& the mind), Horatio, than
are dreamt of in our philosophy."

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