The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1892 Wednesday, 16 November 2005
Date: Wednesday, 16 Nov 2005 06:23:33 +0000
Subject: Re: Gertrude-Ophelia
I thought we discussed this recently also, but I can't find it. It was
my contention Gertrude knows all about how Ophelia died because Gertrude
drowned her -- on purpose -- in order to protect Claudius and therefore
her own power, privilege, and position. This is after the Mad scene
where Ophelia indicates she knows too much. Then Claudius changes the
story to a better one: an accident becomes a "suicide." Reminds me of
the Baader-Meinhof gang story.
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