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Gertrude-Ophelia
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1892  Wednesday, 16 November 2005

From: 		John Reed <
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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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