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A Claudius Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0547  Wednesday, 23 March 2005

[1]     From:   William Godshalk <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Mar 2005 13:19:12 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0537 A Claudius Question

[2]     From:   Colin Cox <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Mar 2005 10:19:42 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0537 A Claudius Question

[3]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Mar 2005 17:06:03 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0537 A Claudius Question

[4]     From:   Abigail Quart <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Mar 2005 20:16:03 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.0537 A Claudius Question


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From:           William Godshalk <
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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Mar 2005 13:19:12 -0500
Subject: 16.0537 A Claudius Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0537 A Claudius Question

 >Bill Arnold writes ad hominem to Ed Taft:
 >
 >First of all, I find it hard to imagine you driving a semi anywhere .
. . .

Perhaps Bill Arnold could rectify this failure of the imagination if he
got to know Ed. I will say no more.

Bill Godshalk

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From:           Colin Cox <
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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Mar 2005 10:19:42 -0800
Subject: 16.0537 A Claudius Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0537 A Claudius Question

 >Hamlet, as the rightful king (for Claudius's murder of King Hamlet has
 >debarred him from rightful succession), has not only the right but the
 >duty to punish murderers.

Who's to say Hamlet is the 'rightful' king? This is pre-primogeniture;
Claudius as the brother probably has more rights to the throne and
Gertrude certainly isn't in a hurry, or rather is in a big hurry to not
see her son on the throne.

Colin Cox

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Mar 2005 17:06:03 -0500
Subject: 16.0537 A Claudius Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0537 A Claudius Question

 >Hamlet, as the rightful king (for Claudius's murder of King Hamlet has
 >debarred him from rightful succession), has not only the right but the
 >duty to punish murderers.

Hamlet was no more the "rightful king" than John Kerry is the rightful
president.  The kingship was elective; Hamlet lost.

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From:           Abigail Quart <
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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Mar 2005 20:16:03 -0500
Subject: 16.0537 A Claudius Question
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0537 A Claudius Question

D. Bloom: Polonius? What was that? Manslaughter?

JW Kennedy: Denmark wasn't under a primogeniture system, was it? The
king was elected from among the nobles. The same system that was in
force in Scotland until Duncan decided to go English, altered it by
announcing Malcolm was the Prince of Cumberland and heir apparent, and
pissed off Macbeth who was king-eligible under the original system.
Hamlet was neither the "rightful" nor designated heir. Otherwise, the
death of the king from assumed natural causes would have simply led to
Hamlet being sent for to assume the throne. Wouldn't it? Since no one
suspected anything was wrong?

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