The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.02034 Wednesday, 2 April 2008
From: David Bishop <
Date: Saturday, 29 Mar 2008 21:40:27 -0400
Subject: 19.0192 Solid Flesh Once More
Comment: Re: SHK 19.0192 Solid Flesh Once More
While agreeing with Steve Roth that words can have multiple meanings--as
in puns, for example--I still like to know what multiple meanings a
critic believes they might have, in a particular case, and what that
critic means by having a meaning. Steve catches a little excessive
severity in my tone, and pleads not guilty of the usual Theoretical
sins. I'm happy to take his advice, and relax a little. But I still
wonder, in the midst of this delightful gathering of meanings, what you
think is going on in the play, as opposed to, however enjoyably, and
innocently, in your own head. Surely, not to be entirely Theoretical,
you make that distinction, which involves recognizing the possibility
that what I, or you, say is going on in the play could be significantly,
if not absolutely, off the mark.
For example, the idea that Hamlet is young does not seem to agree with
my own view, that the play is, in part, the story of Hamlet's coming of
age. He ages rapidly, in the short course of the play, but age he does.
At least as I see it.
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