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Greetings, partings and the magic of Shakespeare
by David Hillman
About this EXP
David Hillman, Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, explains greetings and partings in Shakespeare.
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Key point 1
Greetings and partings are mini rituals that frame every encounter and condense emotional intensity into gestures and words.
Key point 2
The ways in which Shakespeare’s characters greet and part from one another are sometimes peculiarly resonant.
Key point 3
Moments of parting are when one is most aware of the potential for solitude, and therefore when one longs for connection.
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