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October 26, 2005

"A whole new world"

Bohannon, "Shakespeare in the Bush" -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Bohannon really does a great job of telling this story despite how she thinks her story-telling skills are. The one thing that struck me was the comparison between her attitude of people's reaction to "Hamlet," and the attitude of the old man's by the end of the reading. At the beginning she said, "I protested that human nature is pretty much the same the whole world over; at least the general plot and motivation of the greater tragedies would always be clear."

Well, she definately found out that she was wrong. These people coudn't even comprehend the motives of the characters in the play. However, by the end of the play, we see that the African's feel that same way. The old man says, "but people are the same everywhere; therefore, there are always witches and it is we, the elders, who know how witches work. We told you it was the great chief who wished to kill Hamlet, and now your own words have proved us right."

Bohannon was in a totally new and different world. However, everyone has their own opinions, beliefs, and values, which brings up an interesting point. It seems hard to tell a new story to someone and keep your own opinions out so they have a fair shot at interpereting it for themleves. There are so many things in "Hamlet" that are up to the readers interperetation and Bohannon really found it a challenge to give an honest account of the story and at the same time, let the listeners decide if Hamlet was really crazy or not.

P.S. There's nothing wrong with the way Americans interperet Hamlet. So if there are any of our classmates out there from England who are reading this blog, you just leave us alone!

Posted by AndrewLoNigro at October 26, 2005 11:54 PM

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Yeah Andy I think you are completely right. Bohannon does a great job of describing the play to the elders even though as soon as she started the elders thought it was right for a brother to marry his brother's sister. She could have just stopped telling the play right then because now there is no motive for the murder.

Posted by: Sean at October 27, 2005 08:57 PM

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