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|"The story of a man who could not make up his mind"...
Written by Delories
(6/9/2003 10:50 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Hamlet rant, penned by Sheena
...words to those effect were stuck onto Olivier's film version as a mini-preface, and although many people resented that directorial intervention, I think if sums up the plot v. nicely, and also puts into a nutshell why so many of us loooove the play, but do not feel the same way about its hero.
But that, of course, is part of Shakespeare's genius. He took the then-standard "revenge play" scenario and turned it on his head: rather than being about how-Hamlet-takes-his-revenge, it is about how he DOESn't, and by the time he finally does (sort of, and if you really believe that the ghost is real and Claudius did it, which I think Shakespeare cleverly leaves just a tiny bit ambiguous), he's left a long trail of corpses of people who had nothing to do with his father's murder.
So instead of the revenge-play thing of cheering on the hero, the audience is quite baffled by him (just as most of the other characters are), but stick with it because the writing is just so darn brilliant!
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