The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0211 Friday, 24 March 2006
From: Michael Luskin <
Date: Thursday, 23 Mar 2006 14:56:23 EST
Subject: Henry IV, Part 1 Query
Act III, scene 1 has always seemed curious. The conspirators meet,
among other things, to divide up England, plan move rivers to makes
things more fair, and so forth. From the very start, Hotspur is rude
and aggressive towards his allies, and says things that might well
provoke a duel, or at least a crack in the alliance.
For example, when Glendower says that he can call spirits from the vasty
deep, Hostspur's funny rejoinder deserves a cup of coffee in his face.
Why is Hotspur so rude and unpleasant, why do the others act like
anything but allies, why don't they discuss strategy a bit?
One obvious answer is that in fact they could not be allies, their aims
are too different. Another is that Shakespeare is using this absurd and
mordantly funny scene to poke fun at their nutty enterprise, to
I just read Hardy Cook's last post vis a vis the Jewish underpinnings of
Shakespeare, I am concerned about what an academic question is. In
particular, I have no idea if mine is an academic question or not. I
hope it is.
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