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Hamlet and Ophelia, Typologically
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0350  Wednesday, 1 July 2009

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carry on privately. -HMC]

[1] From:   Harry Berger Jr <
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     Date:   Monday, 29 Jun 2009 11:39:35 -0700
     Subj:   Re: SHK 20.0344 Hamlet and Ophelia, Typologically

[2] From:   Elliott Stone <
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     Date:   Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009 09:42:30 -0400
     Subj:    Re: SHK 20.0344 Hamlet and Ophelia, Typologically


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From:       Harry Berger Jr <
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Date:       Monday, 29 Jun 2009 11:39:35 -0700
Subject: 20.0344 Hamlet and Ophelia, Typologically
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0344 Hamlet and Ophelia, Typologically

Thanks to Martin Mueller for an excellent statement; clarifying, 
helpful, and insightful.

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From:       Elliott Stone <
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Date:       Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009 09:42:30 -0400
Subject: 20.0344 Hamlet and Ophelia, Typologically
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0344 Hamlet and Ophelia, Typologically

Ophelia is certainly not the Virgin Mary!

Hamlet does tell us, however, who the players are. Hamlet II.ii 522. 
"Good my lord, will you see the players well bestow'd? Do you hear, let 
them be well us'd, for they are the abstract and brief chronicles of the 
time".

Prince Hamlet is telling us his opinion and his authority comes when he 
proves to be a playright, a director, a coach, a producer, a critic and 
a nuisanced member of the audience!

Great play writers can write great plays that are the abstract and brief 
chronicle of its time. I waited in line 50 years ago to see Arthur 
Miller's play "The Crucible". It certainly was not about witchcraft in 
17th Century Salem Village.

Best,
Elliott H. Stone

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