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Written by Cheryl
(5/19/2003 2:43 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: An Ophelia theory, part II, penned by Laraine
] most Ophelias have to not "walk you here" but go to the wings or hide behind a pillar, or do something to get out of Hamlet's way, whereas the whole point of the scene is for her to confront him. .... In effect, though, hearing this speech plants the seed in Ophelia's mind.
This is interesting, especially the last bit about it planting the seed of suicide in Ophelia's mind. But, correct me if I'm wrong, but I always thought the nature of a soliloquy to be private. That is, a way for the character to share his thoughts with the audience but essentially an internal event - it taking place inside his head but spoken aloud so the audience can be privy to it. That the audience is the only one in a position to "overhear" it.
Have I been wrong in this thinking? I'm trying to recall other instances where it was written into the play that a character was overheard another's soliloquy?
] "For this point on [the end of the "get thee to a nunnery" dialog], Hamlet realizes that there is no one in his world that he can trust. Everyone is acting, and survival will depend on choosing and playing one's own role as shrewdly as possible."
I would ask here, What about Horatio? He knows all the details of the ghost and murder and is solidly in Hamlet's corner. Now granted, Horatio isn't much of a person in his own right, he acts as more of a sounding board for Hamlet, but Hamlet obviously trusts him.
In fear an trepidation for daring to argue with Derek Jacobi - what do I know?? :-}
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