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The Murder of Gonzago
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0855  Monday, 12 April 2004

From:           Peter Bridgman <
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Date:           Friday, 9 Apr 2004 13:13:15 +0100
Subject: 15.0842 The Murder of Gonzago
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0842 The Murder of Gonzago

 >All of which is to say that if Hamlet really hopes to prove the king's
 >guilt with the play, he really botches it.

I agree it's hardly conclusive, but I think we're meant to assume the
guilt is now proven.  Which means we are persuaded to accept the Ghost's
account of the murder.  And (more interestingly), the audience, along
with Wittenberg-educated Hamlet, is made to accept the existence of
Purgatory.

The censors must have been asleep.

Peter Bridgman

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