Tag Archives: Gertrude

“I say we will have no mo marriage…”

Hamlet Act Three, Part Five By Dennis Abrams ————————————— I’d like to continue today with more from John Dover Wilson’s What Happens in Hamlet, starting in particular with the “nunnery scene” which, I think, can present certain difficulties (is Hamlet … Continue reading

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“Nay, but to live/In the rank sweat of an enseamed bed/Stewed in corruption, honeying and making love/Over the nasty sty –”

Hamlet Act Three, Part Four By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Let’s talk some more about Ophelia.  And about Gertrude. As I think we’ve seen so far, Hamlet’s tragedy is not exclusively, as Schlegel thought, a tragedy of thought.  It’s not even … Continue reading

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“O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space…”

Hamlet Act Two, Part Four By Dennis Abrams —————————————– I’m caught up on Act Two now, and while reading Scene ii, I was struck by how many lines I already knew, and by how much was being said throughout the … Continue reading

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“I doubt it is no other but the main –/His father’s death and our o’erhasty marriage.”

Hamlet Act Two, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ——————————————- I want to start by going back to Marjorie Garber discussing Hamlet and delay, if only because it gives me an excuse to post a really amazing film clip: “Another Victorian … Continue reading

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“And with a look so piteous in purport/As if he had been loosed out of hell/To speak of horrors, he comes before me.”

Hamlet Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————- How’s everybody doing on their reading?  Is the pace OK?  Too fast?  Too slow?  I read the first scene last night, will move on to the scene two tonight.  There’s a … Continue reading

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“I prefer the youth, deeply involved in politics, rid of illusions, sarcastic, passionate and brutal. A young rebel who has about him something of the charm of James Dean.”

Hamlet Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————————- Act Two:  Hamlet decides to fake madness (or does he?) in order to investigate his father’s death, and the whole court is thrown into confusion – Ophelia is stunned, Polonius thinks … Continue reading

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“Murder most foul, as in the best it is,/But this most foul, strange, and unnatural.”

Hamlet Act One, Part Five By Dennis Abrams ——————————– This is going to be my last post on Act One.  I’m going to take a day off tomorrow, and my next post will be Sunday evening/Monday morning (depending on what … Continue reading

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