The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0434 Thursday, 11 November 2010
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
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
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.
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