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“If it be now, ‘tis not to come – if it be not to come, it will be now – if it be not now, yet it will come – the readiness is all.’

Hamlet Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Death is the final destination for Hamlet (and Hamlet), but even so, despite the prince’s multiple desires to escape the prison of his flesh, he does not go down gently.  Having … 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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“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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“Therefore our sometime sister, now our queen,/Th’imperial jointress to this warlike state,”

Hamlet Act One, Part Three By Dennis Abrams —————————————- I am struck as I read (and reread) Hamlet, just how far Shakespeare had come as a writer, in such a relatively short period of time.  Keep in mind that, assuming … Continue reading

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“But I have that within which passeth show – /These but the trappings and the suits of woe.”

Hamlet Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————– First off…how’s everybody doing?  Any questions?  Problems?  Revelations? I’d like to touch on something that I’ve been pondering ever since I started this project – how is it that we can … Continue reading

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