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In Hamlet, what is the source of the line, "He took my father grossly, full of bread"?Could it come from Ezekiel 16:49?Beholde, this was ye... |

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You are obviously a very intelligent person, and you obviosly know a lot more about the Bible than I do. But since no one else has tried to answer your question, I will do my best. I think you are probably correct in suggesting that the source of the line "He took my father grossly, full of bread" was inspired by Ezekiel 16:49. The similarities are really striking. The King James Bible was being translated into English in Shakespeare's time, and it was such a big project that Shakespeare must have been at least acquainted with some of the many individuals involved in it. Some people have speculated that Shakespeare. who was well liked by King James, may have actually been involved with the translation, while others assert that he had nothing to do with it. In any case, his poetic language could have influenced the men who did the translating, as it could have influenced many of his other contemporaries. Parts of the King James Bible sound quite "Shakespearean." I believe it is up to you to do more research into your own question. You could make a valuable contribution to Shakespearean studies. I hope you plan to go to college.

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