Marc Shell, a Harvard comp lit professor with a stutter, made a high school foray into literary criticism by comparing the speech patterns of Hamlet to those of Porky Pig. Both figures are "scant of breath" and speak "trippingly on the tongue." Shell, whose principal told him that a speech defect was a "sure sign" of being "retarded," invoked the fumbling pig ("Th-th-that's all folks!") to convince his classmates that the paralyzed prince had a medical condition as well as an emotional one. "Words, words, words," Hamlet stammers. "Except my life, except my life,... More >>>