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“…the rest is silence.”

Hamlet Act Five, Part Five By Dennis Abrams ———————————- And here we are…at the end of Hamlet.  Not that it ever ends, really.  As Bloom says, “His play of some four thousand lines is Shakespeare’s longest and yet is not … Continue reading

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“That skull had a tongue in it and could sing once.”

Hamlet Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Act Five:  On his way back to court, Hamlet meets two gravediggers.  When Ophelia’s funeral procession arrives, Hamlet hides, before suddenly revealing himself, exposing himself to Laertes’ fury.  Claudius announces that … Continue reading

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“How all occasions to inform against me,/And spur my dull revenge.”

Hamlet Act Four, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ———————————- One point I’d like to make right off the bat:  We’ve talked a lot about Shakespeare’s use of “doubling” throughout Hamlet – but I don’t think the Hamlet/Ophelia doubling has been … Continue reading

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“Your worm is your only emperor for diet: we fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots.”

Hamlet Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————————— Act Four:  Realizing the danger he is in, Claudius hurriedly sends Hamlet to England with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, but secretly arranges for him to be killed on arrival.  Ophelia, in the … Continue reading

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“I do not understand this; and Shakspeare seems to have intended the meaning not to be more than snatched at : ‘By my fay, I cannot reason!'”

Hamlet Act Two, Part Six By Dennis Abrams For your reading enjoyment this weekend (along with Act Three of Hamlet for those of you who haven’t started it yet — my next post will be Sunday night/Monday morning beginning our … Continue reading

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“…Must like a whore unpack my heart with words…”

Hamlet Act Two, Part Five By Dennis Abrams —————————————— I was up for awhile last night, continuing my reading of James Shapiro’s A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare.  It’s a highly enjoyable book, that combines in a way … 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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