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Source of Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1995  Monday, 22 November 2004

From:           Peter Bridgman <
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Date:           Friday, 19 Nov 2004 22:47:38 -0000
Subject: 15.1983 Source of Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1983 Source of Hamlet

David Basch writes ...

 >Finally, it is to be observed that among the many strictly, non
 >biblical, Judaic touches in this play is the clear use of the Talmudic
 >Pirke Avoth's reference to a skull floating on the water. Like Rabbi
 >Hillel, Hamlet also discovers a skull-the world famous skull associated
 >with the line "Alas poor Yorick, I knew him Horatio."

I'm not familiar with the Talmud.  Is there a connection is between the
Talmud's floating skull and Yorick's skull - beyond the fact that both
are skulls?

Peter Bridgman

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