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Did Shakespearean Audiences Talk Back to the
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0765  Friday, 26 March 2004

From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Mar 2004 07:00:31 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 15.0751 Did Shakespearean Audiences Talk Back to the
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0751 Did Shakespearean Audiences Talk Back to the
Performers?

John Ramsay writes, "Who did the harm? Hamlet didn't kill his father.
Claudius did.  Yes. Hamlet killed Polonius. But why was Polonius behind
the arras?  He was spying for Claudius, already having used his daughter
to spy on Hamlet for Claudius.  Yes. Hamlet had R&G put to death. Why
did it not touch his conscience?  Because they were supposed friends
conveying him to his death. With written orders from Claudius.  How can
you say Claudius had not hardened his heart when he has ordered the
death of Hamlet in England only to have that fall through, whereupon he
prepares an envenomed sword and a cup of poison as backup?  Are poisoned
swords and cups of poison your idea of being softhearted?"

OK: now we are getting somewhere.  Well said.  Perhaps some on SHAKSPER,
deaf to the wisdom of Will S, and the true meaning of his tragedy
*Hamlet*, will listen up.

If you don't have a Ph.D in Will S, I hereby dub thee, Sir John of the
Will S Wisdom Quill!

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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