The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1995 Monday, 22 November 2004
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
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