The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1077 Wednesday, 4 June 2003
Date: Tuesday, 3 Jun 2003 13:53:42 -0400
Subject: 14.1062 Re: Hirsh and "To Be"
Comment: RE: SHK 14.1062 Re: Hirsh and "To Be"
>At the risk of being dumped into the bin marked "realist," I
>would like to point out that if Hamlet is pretending to be
>mad (and he says he intends to do this, and persuades the
>court that he is, and does a lot of goofy stuff), he has to
>be pretending every public moment. If he's moving through the
>castle towards some kind of meeting with the king, he cannot
>assume that he's not being spied upon.
Might I further point out that Claudius's "we have closely sent for
Hamlet hither" does not necessarily mean that Hamlet believes he is on
his way to a meeting with Claudius. "Closely sent" might mean that
Claudius has hidden the fact that he himself has sent for Hamlet, who
might have been summoned to the scene on a completely different pretext,
as I think likely.
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