I’ve been thinking a lot about camels. I’m writing a book in which a camel plays a significant part. I have a sense of what a camel is like because I’ve seen photographs and video. I have seen camels on screens, if not in person. I’ve put together a camel in my mind from books, TV shows, movies and cartoons.
But where did Shakespeare get his sense of camel?
There weren’t camels in England.
Or Denmark for that matter.
I suspect that camels got a lot of the attention they got mostly from the Bible. They show up there. . .so camels take up some space in people’s imaginations – despite never having seen one.
The shape of a camel likely became quite significant to those who went to church.
It makes a real animal somewhat mythic, I would think.
The shape of a camel always seen as a painting or stained glass or illumination or drawing. A unicorn might be as real in this scenario.