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The Pious Chanson in Hamlet II.ii
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0092  Monday, 11 February 2008

From:		Aaron Azlant <
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Date:		Sunday, 10 Feb 2008 16:04:53 -0500
Subject: 19.0081 The Pious Chanson in Hamlet II.ii
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0081 The Pious Chanson in Hamlet II.ii

The Jephtha passage is interesting for a number of reasons, one of which 
is that does some small foregrounding work for a later ambiguity that 
the play presents briefly: are Ophelia's songs about her father or are 
they about Hamlet (or both)? Much like the larger questions of Hamlet's 
motivation or the status of King Hamlet in the afterworld, characters 
and audience alike aren't given enough evidence to pronounce 
definitively either way, though Claudius does eventually barrel through 
with a reductive answer in this case.

Aaron Azlant

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