The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1617  Friday, 24 September 1999.

From:           James P. Lusardi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 23 Sep 1999 12:07:07 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 10.1589 Hamlet and Marriage Practices
Comment:        RE: SHK 10.1589 Hamlet and Marriage Practices

>A former student of mine has a question about Tudor marriages. He had
>been reflecting on Henry VIII and <A Man for All Seasons>, and remarks
>that when Henry consults the Bible, he finds two distinct views on
>marrying your brother's widow: one for and one against. His question is
>what relevance would this divine "divided opinion" have had for an
>Elizabethan audience watching <Hamlet>? Specifically, he wonders why
>Shakespeare never really addresses the issue in the play, except for
>Hamlet's response to his mother's marriage. He would like to know if
>Shakespeare's reticence has a political foundation.
>Can the listserv help?
>Thanks in advance,
>Yvonne Bruce

Re: Hamlet and Marriage Practices-The "divided view" seems to be
exemplified in the play.  Hamlet and the Ghost regard Gertrude's
marriage to Claudius as incestuous.  Evidently, the rest of the court
does not.

Jim Lusardi

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