The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0405  Friday, 25 February 2000.

From:           Jack Heller <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 24 Feb 2000 19:06:18 -0500
Subject: 11.0395 Re: Who's Who in Hell
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0395 Re: Who's Who in Hell

>From Dave Evett:

>The terms if not the outcome of Claudius's visit to the chapel of
>Elsinore Castle should tell Dana Schilling that traditional Christianity
>does not see killing infallibly sending the killer to hell: no sin,
>however heinous, for which sincere penitence is offered and sustained,
>is too grave for divine forgiveness.

Let me suggest A Yorkshire Tragedy for another example. The unnamed
Husband, who has killed two of his sons, repents in the tenth scene. The
Husband leaves the scene to be executed saying to his wife:

O, would you could pray heaven me to forgive
That will unto my end repentant live.

Wife: It makes me e'en forget all other sorrows
And have part with this.

There is no definitive statement that Husband will end up in heaven, but
the possibility exists, despite his crime.

On another point, I mistyped a sentence from my previous post on this
subject; it should have said: "One modification I would add: Tragedy may
also be the genre for dealing with martyrdom-a possibility for both The
Duchess of Malfi and The Second Maiden's Tragedy. But the martyrs are
not headed for hell."

Jack Heller

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