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Hamlet Lecture 2: Power and  Knowledge
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Vectors of Moral Inquiry
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Early Versions of  Hamlet:  A Palimpsest of Texts “Ur-”Hamlet  (ca. 1589): a lost play. First Quarto (Q1):  Tragical History of Hamlet, Prince  of Denmark  (1603): The “Bad Quarto”: 2,154 lines. Second Quarto (Q2):  The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of  Denmark  (1605): 3,674 lines. First Folio (F1):  The Tragedy of Hamlet  (1623): 222  lines cut from Q2, 83 added lines, totaling 3,535. Conflated Text = 3,674 (Q2) + 83 (F1) = 3,794 lines.
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p. 49, Ghost [This heavy-headed revel … They clepe us drunkards,  and with swinish phrase /  Soil our addition; and,  indeed, it takes / From our  achievements, though  perform'd at height, / The  pith and marrow of our  attribute. (1.4.19-25)]  [Cut from 1623 Folio]
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p. 53, Ghost Horatio :: [The very place puts toys of  desperation, Without more motive, into every brain That looks so many fathoms to the sea And hears it roar beneath.] 
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Heaven’s role: fate or free will HORATIO He waxes desperate with imagination.                           MARCELLUS. Let's follow; 'tis not fit thus to obey him.                    HORATIO Have after.- To what issue will this come?                   MARCELLUS.    Something is rotten in the state of  Denmark.                               HORATIO.  Heaven will direct it.                                            
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Hamlet in Purgatory, p. 57
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This note was uploaded on 11/12/2011 for the course ENGLISH 350:322 taught by Professor Fulton during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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