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|GR: Intellectual versus sensual/corporal
Written by Laraine
(5/29/2003 2:53 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Food and drink, penned by Cheryl
Absolutely! In general, most of Hamlet's positive imagery is about intellectual pursuits, like reading or dreaming, and most of his negative imagery is about corporal pursuits--and it's all pretty ugly.
The "nunnery" scene is filled with corporal imagery: breeding and bearing children, crawling between heaven and earth, giving plagues as dowries, jigging, ambling, lisping, etc. And when he's this angry, he does not have room for all the thoughts that are rushing upon him: "more offenses at my beck that I have thought to put them in, imagination to give them shape" the corporal images are trying to burst the seams of his intellect.
He's often angry with himself for intellectualizing things (as he is in the "even for an eggshell" soliloquy, but it really doesn't seem to stop him from doing it -- at least through the first four acts of the play.
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