History Headscratchers / Hamlet

10th Feb '18 3:25:55 AM momur
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\n** It's very much interpretation-based. I've seen some productions where she comes in with wet clothes, implying she ''did'' try to help. Some productions have her clearly in shock while she's telling Laertes what happened. From her words (if what she's saying is true), Ophelia [[DrivenToSuicide did nothing to help herself after she fell in the water]], so theoretically there was nothing Gertrude ''could'' have done.

23rd Aug '17 5:53:25 AM Kythereia
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**** One of the arguments for Shakespeare's authorship of the plays is that they tend to have errors that someone with a grammar school (i.e. grade school) education might make, but not someone who was more educated--i.e., the earl of Oxford. So Shakespeare not knowing the exact details of Denmark's history and culture makes complete sense. He also puts a clock tolling the time in Ancient Rome and talks about the seaports of Bohemia (the Czech Republic is landlocked).
26th Nov '16 4:26:01 PM nombretomado
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** A villain not above killing his brother is also not above cheating his nephew out of the throne, either by marrying his mother the queen (thereby outranking the prince) or by pulling the old act-as-temporary-regent-for-the-younger-inexperienced-heir-with-no-plans-to-turn-over-power strategy (that's how [[TheChroniclesOfNarnia Miraz]] did it, anyway).

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** A villain not above killing his brother is also not above cheating his nephew out of the throne, either by marrying his mother the queen (thereby outranking the prince) or by pulling the old act-as-temporary-regent-for-the-younger-inexperienced-heir-with-no-plans-to-turn-over-power strategy (that's how [[TheChroniclesOfNarnia [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Miraz]] did it, anyway).
28th Apr '16 11:21:04 PM baku_destructor
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** That Gertrude remarried so quickly is suspicious really only to [[YoureNotMyFather Hamlet]]; no other characters seem disturbed by the decision.

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** That **That Gertrude remarried so quickly is suspicious really only to [[YoureNotMyFather Hamlet]]; no other characters seem disturbed by the decision.
28th Apr '16 11:20:50 PM baku_destructor
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**That Gertrude remarried so quickly is suspicious really only to [[YoureNotMyFather Hamlet]]; no other characters seem disturbed by the decision.
6th Apr '16 11:39:30 AM annieholmes
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** [[http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140416-do-shakespeares-poisons-work This article]] suggests several substances - but they wouldn't be fatal unless the tissue inside King Hamlet's ear was damaged (via an infection or some form of hearing loss).
28th Mar '16 9:54:42 AM Kahran042
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* Was ear poison really a thing, or did Shakespeare just make it up?
22nd Mar '16 1:43:16 AM Kythereia
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** Maybe Claudius had a needle with him, or tried to pass off a couple of blisters or sores the king had as bite marks. I think the more compelling reason lies in Claudius's line: "Your better wisdoms, which have freely gone / With this affair along". As pointed out above, a bunch of nobles--if not all of them--were in on Claudius's accession, and may have been willing to overlook a suspicious lack of snake.
1st Mar '16 5:57:07 PM MURPHYCHACHO
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*** That's also assuming Ophelia would have even grabbed the stick. Even if someone did try to rescue her, [[DrivenToSuicide who's to say Ophelia wouldn't simply let herself sink?]]
31st Jan '16 5:02:35 PM Kythereia
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*** To be even fairer, there was a point when Denmark bordered Poland: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/00/Scandinavia_in_1219.GIF

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*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Scandinavia_map,_1219#/media/File:Scandinavia1219.png To be even fairer, there was a point when Denmark bordered Poland: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/00/Scandinavia_in_1219.GIFPoland.]]
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