The Mystery of Hamlet: A Solution

The Mystery of Hamlet: A Solution

by Myron Stagman
     
 

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Hamlet kills Polonius thinking he is Claudius. Yet he cannot kill Claudius. Why? Hamlet, angry, tells Ophelia: Take thee to a nunnery! [nunnery: Renaissance slang for brothel] There [in Heaven] is no shuffling; there the action lies in his true nature, and we ourselves compelled, even to the teeth and forehead of our faults, to give in evidence. -King

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Hamlet kills Polonius thinking he is Claudius. Yet he cannot kill Claudius. Why? Hamlet, angry, tells Ophelia: Take thee to a nunnery! [nunnery: Renaissance slang for brothel] There [in Heaven] is no shuffling; there the action lies in his true nature, and we ourselves compelled, even to the teeth and forehead of our faults, to give in evidence. -King Claudius Why does Hamlet attend the German university at Wittenberg? Why study at a university at all? An incorrigible symbolist, Shakespeare must secretly import what he does not openly impart. Contrast resolute avenger Laertes, who would cut [Hamlet's] throat i' the church! Shakespeare understood the Freudian slip centuries before Dr. Freud in Vienna. Twice he employs it to give us hints. Queen Gertrude to her son Hamlet: What wilt thou do? Thou wilt not murder me? ... Alas, he's mad! Prince Hamlet is a disillusioned idealist, a vital key to his generous, passionate, and tragically conscientious character. Camelot-Shakespeare specifically ties the assassination of Hamlet to the death of King Arthur and the collapse of the fellowship of the Round Table.

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ISBN-13:
9781443823876
Publisher:
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Pages:
195
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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