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Psychology of Gertrude
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0061  Friday, 9 January 2004

From:           David Cohen <
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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.
 >
 >Tom Pendleton

I think Tom Pendleton has it exactly right.  No need to negotiate!

David Cohen

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