The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1057 Wednesday, 17 May 2000.
Date: Tuesday, 16 May 2000 17:31:29 EDT
Subject: 11.1047 Re: Revenge
Comment: Re: SHK 11.1047 Re: Revenge
In a message dated 16/5/00 1:54:46 pm, David Bishop writes:
<<God might forgive Claudius>>
Surely what God might or might not do is ultimately unknowable and
therefore, for the purposes of dramatic structure, irrelevant. Much more
interesting is that Laertes is quite prepared to cut someone's
(anyone's) throat i'th'church, and (if you know your classics) that
other painted tyrant Pyrrhus slaughters Priam at his household altar.
Hamlet doesn't - for whatever reason he might rationalise to himself -
and is therefore a preferable bet.