The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0649 Friday, 31 March 2000.
Date: Thursday, 30 Mar 2000 11:04:56 -0800
Subject: 11.0618 Re: Shakespeare and German
Comment: Re: SHK 11.0618 Re: Shakespeare and German
Florence Amit writes:
> As to Sean's question of why Hamlet? It is because that is how I see him
> in his initial state and there are enough hints to confirm my choice.
> For instance, why else would Portia choose to wed a skeleton like the
> "fool" that Ophelia must share a resting place with? The other suitors
> are also recognizable - the grand language of Othello is parodied by
> Morocco. The pride of Bertram in the Prince of Arragon.
People have made these sorts of arguments before, and let it suffice to
say that I'm not convinced. The fact that certain tropes recur in the
plays is only to be expected in any group of plays produced within a
single culture, much less by a single playwright. Shakespeare could
just as easily have been recalling somebody else's version of Pyramus
and Thisbe in either MND or Merchant or both, or applying certain