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Gertrude and the Progression of Evil
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0302  Tuesday, 3 February 2004

From:           Nancy Charlton <
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Date:           Monday, 02 Feb 2004 09:35:23 -0800
Subject: 15.0275 Gertrude and the Progression of Evil
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0275 Gertrude and the Progression of Evil

Or, as Alexander Pope succinctly put it:

     Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
     As, to be hated, needs but to be seen;
     Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
     We first endure, then pity, then embrace.

Thanks for your excellent summary and analysis.

Nancy Charlton
Portland OR

John Reed wrote:

 >There was an interesting thread lower down about the psychology of
 >Gertrude.  It might also be interesting to consider her spirituality.
 >This matter could be involved with a concept long-known in Catholic
 >lore: the idea of the Progression of Evil.  I first came across it in
 >The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien:
 >
 >"And wrong behaviour (if it is really wrong on universal
principles) is
 >progressive, always: it never stops at being 'not very good', 'second
 >best' - it either reforms, or goes on to third rate, bad, abominable."
 >(Letter 49.  1943).

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