On how Marlowe and Phebe can agree

Phebe tells Shakespeare’s Ganymede via her “very taunting letter” meaning he is “a beast” like Marlowe’s Ganymede to a Leander turned, “Whiles the eye of man did woo me, That could do no vengeance to me!”, meaning Shakespeare’s Ganymede’s scorn of her is compare to Marlowe’s Ganymede to a Leander turned with “murderer’s eyes” who when he scorns Hero makes her “study how to die” presumably like Ophelia scorned by Hamlet. Note Phebe’s “very taunting letter” affirms what Marlowe writes after her rant avers no such thing as “murderer’s eyes” because there is no such thing as a force in eyes that can “do hurt”. Well try to tell that to Ophelia or Hamlet. “O woe is me, to have seen what I have seen, to see what I see!” Spiritual death is the nature of the devil; spiritual life is the nature of God. Thus Touchstone tells us: “When a man’s verses cannot be understood, nor a man’s good wit seconded with the forward child, understanding, it strikes a man more dead than a great reckoning in a little room.” 

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“Whosoever hateth his brother, is a murderer, and yee know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” – King James Version (1611) – View 1611 Bible Scan. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 1 JOHN 3:15 KJV This is a basis for Marlowe’s Leander given murderer’s eyes when he scorns Hero as a dark lady after she makes “this false morne”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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