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|GR: Hard to say
Written by Laraine
(5/21/2003 11:52 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Fascinating!, penned by Cheryl
I thought so too, until I took a close look.
First, my formatting had some problems, so the count isn't exact--although it's within ten questions or so.
In general, the number of lines over all per act seems to be the dominant factor: I=70, II=75, III=95, IV=60, V=90.
Act III is the longest act.
Act V, more than half the questions are in the first scene (the gravedigger/burial scene) and most of those are meant for comic effect. The riddling nature of that scene rather throws off the pattern, perhaps, but it's very interesting that that particular scene has more questions than any other--even the first scene of Act III, which contains "to be or not to be."
Just looking at it from this perspective, the gravedigger scene is the culmination of all the questions about life and death and who/what we ultimately are. And it ends with "It is I, Hamlet the Dane!" -- There's an answer for you. :O)
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