The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0955 Sunday, 29 October 2006
Date: Wednesday, 25 Oct 2006 18:37:49 -0400
Subject: 17.0948 The Archbishop Wasn't There? So Forth.
Comment: Re: SHK 17.0948 The Archbishop Wasn't There? So Forth.
I must agree with the argument that is made on behalf of the Elizabethan
audience. Shakespeare was writing plays to be understood by those who
were seeing them or he was writing plays to possibly manipulate the
thinking of those who were seeing his plays. Studying Danish History
doesn't explain Hamlet. The play has to be understood in terms of what
was going on in the Elizabethan Court. Henry V has to be understood in
the same vein.
I remember 50 years ago waiting in line to buy a standing room ticket
for Arthur Miller's "Crucible". It was certainly not because I came from
the North Shore of Boston and was fascinated by Salem witchcraft lore!
Elliott H. Stone
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