History Headscratchers / Hamlet

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.]]
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.
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