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Hamlet: Revenge or Justice?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1747  Friday, 14 October 2005

From: 		Bill Arnold <
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Date: 		Thursday, 13 Oct 2005 20:29:30 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 	Hamlet: Revenge or Justice?

Hamlet is inarguably the most quoted play in literature and Hamlet is 
the most "argued about" hero in the world of drama.  Was Hamlet only out 
for revenge in the eyes of Shakespeare's audience and therefore, hardly 
heroic?  Or was he a hero who sought justice in the fullest meaning of 
the word as defined by Socrates, in Plato's Republic?  Did Shakespeare's 
contemporaries, frankly, give a damn about this philosophical question?

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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