Perera, A. I.
June 1987
Notes & Queries;Jun1987, Vol. ns-34 Issue 2, p218
Academic Journal
The article presents information on the character of Pericles, in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet." After the tournament at Pentapolis, in the course of which Pericles defeats all the other knights, there is a banquet to celebrate Thaisa's birthday. Pericles is given a place of honour at this banquet and, as he contemplates the splendour and majesty of Simonides, he is reminded of his own father's glory. The phenomenon of a great father begetting a lesser son would possibly suggest the theory of the progressive degeneration of the race; it does not warrant the reflection on mortality that follows. That is witnessed to by the fact that every human being, whatever his degree, must die.


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