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Allusion to Shakespeare in Poe's The Tell Tale Heart
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0434  Thursday, 11 November 2010

From:         Arnie Perlstein <
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Date:         November 11, 2010 10:14:01 AM EST
Subject:      Allusion to Shakespeare in Poe's The Tell Tale Heart

[Me] "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!"

[Don Bloom] "Actually, Hamlet hallucinates not merely the ghost but the entire 
play."

While the solipsistic interpretation of _Hamlet_ that you mockingly allude to is an 
interesting one, that is NOT what I am referring to. 

And it would indeed be mighty foolish of me to ignore that rather significant detail 
of the other characters beside Hamlet who see the Ghost in Act 1 -- and so let me 
allay your concerns -- I have given them full consideration, and have not ignored 
them. 

I suggest to you, Don, that there is more in this greatest of plays than has been 
dreamt of in your philosophy of literary interpretation, and perhaps the last 
chuckle will not be yours. 

Cheers, 
ARNIE
http://sharpelvessociety.blogspot.com/2009/07/shadow-story-of-hamlet.html


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