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The Meaning of Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1942  Monday, 25 October 2004

From:           D Bloom <
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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

Ken Campbell

 >"It is [Gertrude] who seems most upset by the
 >"Mousetrap" and in the Chamber scene with Hamlet afterwards seems very
 >intoxicated."

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?

Anything?

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.

Cheers,
don

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