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Hamlet's Feminine Endings

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0200  Thursday, 20 May 2010

From:         Richard Waugaman < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Date:         May 18, 2010 10:29:53 AM EDT
Subject:      Hamlet's Feminine Endings

After questioning Fortinbras's Captain in IV.iiii, Hamlet's 'How all occasions do inform against me' speech begins with a feminine ending, and has 5 more, by my count. These are all in the first half of the speech, as if he then gets a grip on himself. 

Does anyone know of any commentary on this, with its possible implication that Hamlet feels emasculated? 

A related question -- does anyone know if Hamlet has more feminine endings in his lines throughout the play than Shakespeare's other (male) characters (I count some 20 in Act III alone)?

And thanks for the many helpful responses to my earlier question about the Mousetrap.

Best wishes,
Richard Waugaman

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