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  •  ok I'll give it a go. (2+ / 0-)
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    Purple Priestess, Perry the Imp

    To sleep, perchance to dream. Aye there's the rub.

    This is indeed a meditation on suicide.  Hamlet knows that suicide is a sin.  He cannot receive unction, and may well be consigned to eternal damnation.

    Hell is the dream that he fears.

    12th C Denmark had only recently been conquered by the Teutonic Knights, the Brothers of the Sword, and I have no doubt that Hamlet was conflicted between the new Catholicism that had so recently become the state religion and the old "pagan" teachings.

    I get "suaviter in modo", Mr President. May we now have some "fortiter in re"?

    by tapu dali on Sun May 23, 2010 at 08:03:25 PM PDT

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