The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1942 Monday, 25 October 2004
From: D Bloom <
Date: Friday, 22 Oct 2004 14:09:13 -0500
Subject: 15.1932 The Meaning of Hamlet
Comment: RE: SHK 15.1932 The Meaning of Hamlet
>"It is [Gertrude] who seems most upset by the
>"Mousetrap" and in the Chamber scene with Hamlet afterwards seems very
At times exasperation overtakes me and irony fails me. Can Mr. Campbell
or anyone else point to anything in the text that says that Gertrude is
stewed to the gills?
I get very weary of the logic that says because this *might* the case it
*is* the case.
I have just dealt with several papers from benighted students who have
fallen under the influence of commentators who believe that because
Katherina *might* have been abused by Baptista, she therefore *was*
abused by him. A few words expressing Baptista's exasperation are
enshrined and pages of words showing that K is an intolerable,
loud-mouthed, self-pitying and violent harridan are ignored.
Give me a break.
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