Tag Archives: Laertes

“…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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“Now, literature, philosophy, and thought are Shakespearized. His mind is the horizon beyond which at present we do not see.”

Hamlet Act Five, Part Four By Dennis Abrams —————————— There’s so much to say about Hamlet (and Hamlet), so many different ways of seeing him (and the play).  I hope I haven’t overwhelmed you all – I just want to … Continue reading

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“Don’t condescend to the Prince of Denmark: he is more intelligent than you are, whoever you are.”

Hamlet Act Five, Part Three By Dennis Abrams —————- As our examination of Hamlet draws to an end (I’m thinking two more posts – today and Sunday – and I’m waiting all of your comments/questions/etc. on the play!), I’d like … 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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“They say the owl was a baker’s daughter. Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be”

Hamlet Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Let’s look at Ophelia.  And Gertrude and Ophelia.  First from Harold Bloom: “Polonius is an old meddler, and Guildenstern and Rosencrantz are confidence men at best [MY NOTE:  That sounds about … 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 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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