Killed Behind the Curtain: More on Hamlet’s Calf Allusion

Doloff, Steven
December 2009
Notes & Queries;Dec2009, Vol. 56 Issue 4, p583
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
A literary criticism is presented which focuses on dialogue in the theatrical production "Hamlet," by William Shakespeare. The author discusses dialogue between the characters of Polonius and Hamlet in the play that makes an allusion to the killing of a calf, a form of street entertainment often conducted as a shadowplay behind a curtain. The author suggests that the dialogue foreshadows Polonius' death behind a curtain in a different scene of the play.


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