The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.2016  Thursday, 25 November 2004

From:           Bill Arnold <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 24 Nov 2004 19:40:14 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 15.2004 Real Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.2004 Real Hamlet

Colin Cox writes, "The written versions are 'scripts'.  Scripts designed
for actors to interpret. That was Shakespeare's profession. He was a

Hi, Colin.  Yes, I accept what you say.  But we are NOT living in the
time of Will. A movie is made, and there is no arguing that what we see
on the screen is set in cement: take "Play it again, Sam!"  Nice play.
But the same can be said of Will.  Are you telling me actors don't have
directors?  And they both don't have reviewers who laugh at some of
their antics with the text?  Are you suggesting that Prince Hamlet can
be MADE to deliver "away from" the text a credible and believable
character?  What you are talking about is *subtleties* and I accept
that.  But surely King Claudius is an S.O.B. who usurped the throne,
somehow wound up married to the mother of Prince Hamlet, AND the spirit
of his dead FATHER comes to GUARDS of that same castle and proclaim the
world of the kingdom is ROTTEN.  If you cannot see GOOD in Prince Hamlet
and all he then delivers to right the tipped-over apple cart, then you
are not reading the script[s] I am reading and you are suggesting, only
suggesting I might add, that Will delivered us a caricature of a character.

There is some meaning to the root Veritas-meaning of *Variorum* in
scholars attempts to come to a common ground of the text of the play

Bill Arnold

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