The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0418 Monday, 1 November 2010
Date: October 29, 2010 4:03:07 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0410 Allusion to Shakespeare in Poe's The Tell Tale Heart
Comment: Re: SHK 21.0410 Allusion to Shakespeare in Poe's The Tell Tale Heart
"What I see in Poe's allusion is a veiled interpretation by Poe of Hamlet, in which
Poe is, implicitly, suggesting that Hamlet HALLUCINATES the ghost!"
Hmmm. Except that Hamlet is not the only one to see the Ghost, though it only speaks
with him. What about the watch, Marcellus and Bernardo, and Horatio?
Marcellus: "What, has this thing appear'd again to-night?" [They've seen it twice
Horatio tells them it's "their fantasy" and won't believe them until he sees it for
himself, which, or course, he does. And then he sees it again with Hamlet. The fact
that a character like Horatio -- skeptical and trustworthy -- sees it ought not to
It seems that the Ghost cannot be Hamlet's HALLUCINATION if others see the Ghost,
Or do you mean that they see it but Hamlet's experience it is a HALLUCINATION in
spite of the other witnesses?
In the context of the play, I think, rather, that it is meant to be an actual
Maybe Poe was HALLUCINATING!
University of Denver
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