The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0595  Wednesday, 30 March 2005

From:           Abigail Quart <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 29 Mar 2005 15:45:27 -0500
Subject: 16.0585 A Claudius Question
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0585 A Claudius Question

"popped between the election and
[Hamlet's] hopes."

"Hopes." Not "crown." Hamlet doesn't have a very present vision of
himself as king. It's kind of a hazy future, after he finishes
school...later. Of course, he wasn't expecting Daddy to die, either. Not
yet. Still, he doesn't seem to have adjusted his timeframe to the new

"1692: O what a noble mind is heere orethrowne!
1693: The Courtiers, souldiers, schollers, eye, tongue, sword,
1694: Th'expectation, and Rose of the faire state,
1695: The glasse of fashion, and the mould of forme,
1696: Th'obseru'd of all obseruers, quite quite downe,
1697: And I of Ladies most deiect and wretched,
1698: That suckt the honny of his musickt vowes,
1699: Now see what noble and most soueraigne reason
1700: Like sweet bells iangled out of time, and harsh,
1701: That vnmatcht forme, and stature of blowne youth
1702: Blasted with extacie, o woe is mee
1703: T'haue seene what I haue seene, see what I see."

I don't actually believe Hamlet was bipolar. I think Shakespeare deals
with that condition in another play. But Ophelia's speech isn't a bad
description of the onset of mental illness in a young man.

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