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Psychology of Gertrude
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0052  Thursday, 8 January 2004

From:           Tom Pendleton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 7 Jan 2004 18:02:20 -0500
Subject: 15.0026 Psychology of Gertrude
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0026 Psychology of Gertrude

At the end of the day I think I agree with David Cohen that the son's
idealization of his father is not very frequent in Shakespeare, but
Hamlet, Richard III, and to a lesser degree Prince Hal, Guiderius and
Arviragus (for Belarius), the Bastard (for Richard the
Lion-Hearted)--these last three noted by Cohen--Orlando, Titus's rapidly
diminishing roster of sons, and even Ferdinand might well suggest that
at least high regard for one's father is something less than truly rare.

The difference of opinion is negotiable.

Tom Pendleton

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