Tag Archives: soliloquy

“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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“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below,/Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”

Hamlet Act Three, Part Six By Dennis Abrams ——————————— I’m going to conclude our look at Act Three’s The Mousetrap” scene and aftermath, with an excerpt from Garber.  If you’re interested in reading John Dover Wilson’s exhaustive (and close to … 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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“…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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“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 have been studying how I may compare/This prison where I live unto the world;/And for because the world is populous,/And here is not a creature but myself,/I cannot do it. Yet I’ll hammer it out.”

Richard II Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————- From Goddard, picking up from my last post: “Richard, taken, ominously, not to the Tower as announced but to the dungeon of Pomfret castle, soliloquizes on this very theme of … Continue reading

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“Then am I kinged again, and by and by/Think that I am unkinged by Bolingbroke,And straight am nothing.”

Richard II Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————— Act Five:  York and his wife are discussing Bolingbroke’s huge popular support when they discover that none other than their son Aumerle is guilty of plotting against Bolingbroke.  York rushes … Continue reading

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