We’ve certainly covered the relationship between President Abraham Lincoln and William Shakespeare previously. So when I went to visit Ford’s Theatre, I wasn’t sure how much Shakespeare I’d find. Who am I kidding, if I’d spotted any Shakespeare at all I would have considered it a win.
I wish I could read Lincoln’s writing to learn more about the argument. Who is this James Hackett person, and why is Lincoln having correspondence with him about Hamlet analysis? It’s one thing to hear about presidents who were in the habit of reading or quoting Shakespeare (there were a lot of them). Here we’ve got an example of the president in active discussion about the play. Not only that, he’s making a case not typically made (from my own personal experience). I wonder why the President of the United States of America is making the case that King Claudius’ private admission of how heavily the guilt for his crimes weighs upon him is greater than “To be or not to be,” widely regarded as one of the greatest soliloquies in our language?
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