The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0061 Friday, 9 January 2004
From: David Cohen <
Date: Thursday, 8 Jan 2004 10:18:49 -0600
Subject: 15.0052 Psychology of Gertrude
Comment: Re: SHK 15.0052 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.
I think Tom Pendleton has it exactly right. No need to negotiate!
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