History Headscratchers / Hamlet

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.]]
14th Dec '15 10:29:36 AM 1412
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* Why did nobody check King Hamlet's corpse for a snake bite? Seems like it would save a lot of trouble if they went all, "Hey, there's no bite mark! But his brother, who is now the king, swore there was a snake..."
15th Oct '15 4:30:24 PM guitar_person
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** I read somewhere that Hamlet was originally intended to be younger, thereby being too young to inherit the crown, but this was changed so an actor in Shakespeare's theater could play him.
7th Sep '15 4:57:24 PM skazka
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** Stage trapdoors exist! Though it seems more likely the grave was more suggested than present, and the audience were meant to use their imagination.
1st Sep '15 11:30:07 AM jackiep
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*** William and Mary were a joint reign - the first man married to a Queen of England who was not King but Prince Consort was George, husband of Queen Anne, Mary II's sister. Prior to that the assumption had always been that the husband of a ruling Queen would be King. Philip, husband of Mary I claimed the throne himself on the basis of the marriage. However if the throne had come via Gertrude, then Hamlet would not have expected to be King until his mother died.
1st Sep '15 11:16:09 AM Mareon
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* Leartes and Hamlet leap into Ophelias open grave... while performing on an empty Elizabethian stage. wut?
27th Jan '15 9:12:03 AM TheUnsquished
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** I blame [[StarTrekTheNextGeneration Captain Picard]]
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** I blame [[StarTrekTheNextGeneration [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Captain Picard]]
17th Jan '15 11:12:06 AM Mesmiranda
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* Did we ever find out what Hamlet was supposed to do for the pirates in return for them sparing his life? Act 4, Scene 6, when Horatio gets Hamlet's letter from the sailors: " 'They have dealt with me like thieves of mercy: but they knew what they did; I am to do a good turn for them.' "
6th Nov '14 6:46:41 PM Lattelawyer
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** On the other hand, Gertrude was probably in on her husband's murder, so we're not exactly talking about someone who's a paragon of morality. Maybe she didn't think Ophelia's life was worth her (Gertrude) getting dirty. Or mabye she just killed her outright, considering it an embarrassment to have someone so crazy running around the court.
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** On the other hand, Gertrude was probably in on her husband's murder, so we're not exactly talking about someone who's a paragon of morality. Maybe she didn't think Ophelia's life was worth her (Gertrude) getting dirty. Or mabye maybe she just killed her outright, considering it an embarrassment to have someone so crazy running around the court.
13th Mar '14 9:33:58 PM 1900Tosca
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**If Gertrude had something to do with the death of her husband, then why does Hamlet Sr. tell his son to essentially let God deal with her? He certainly had no qualms about his son killing his uncle.
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