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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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“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 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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“…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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