The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1021 Thursday, 6 May 2004
Date: Wednesday, 5 May 2004 19:29:13 -0400
Subject: More W s Hal, Kerry is Hamlet Crap
It just doesn't stop. (Sidebar: Isn't this plagiarism? Why do
journalists get away with stuff we'd fail our students for doing?)
Biography written in the stars
Americans are likely to be more forgiving of George W. than John F.
Kerry because the president, like the Prodigal Son, reformed and became
a resolute teetotaler. He's the stuff of Prince Hal, who in
Shakespeare's King Henry V cuts himself loose from the life he had led.
Kerry is more in keeping with his old self, reinforcing the image of a
Hamlet, a man who could not make up his mind. The senator concedes that
an idea he expressed in a 1971 interview, that American troops should be
sent into action "only at the directive of the United Nations," was
"stupid," but his contemporary rhetoric suggests that he still
overstates the role the United Nations should play in Iraq.
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