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“The world’s history is just that of spiders and flies.”

Othello Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams For today’s post, we’re going to be looking at Othello from two very different angles – contemporary and old school.  First, from Polish avant-garde activist, critic, and theoretician, from his book Shakespeare … 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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“To be, or not to be; that is the question…”

Hamlet Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————————– Act Three:  Listening in on a meeting between Hamlet and Ophelia – at which Hamlet seems, frankly, unhinged – Claudius plots to send him away to England.  The court gathers to … 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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“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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“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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“O that this too too sullied flesh would melt,/Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew…”

Hamlet Act One, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————————— MAJOR CHARACTERS Prince Hamlet of Denmark, son of King Hamlet and Gertrude Horatio, a student friend of Hamlet Ghost of King Hamlet Gertrude, King Hamlet’s widow and Claudius’s wife Polonius, a … Continue reading

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“I think it is wise to confront both the play and the prince with awe and wonder, because they know more than we do.”

Hamlet An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Here we go – the first of the major tragedies.  Hamlet.  The longest of Shakespeare’s plays, it is also arguably his very greatest (although I’m not altogether sure of that), but undoubtedly a … Continue reading

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