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|GR: Loving Hamlet
Written by Sari2
(6/12/2003 6:26 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Why I love Hamlet, penned by Cheryl
Oh yes, yes, yes. I think you need to love language at least a little to love Shakespeare. And Hamlet is a feast. (An andecdotal aside: when I am flying my ears almost always ache during the landing, and the best way I have found to distract myself from the ache is learning Shakespeare's monologues by heart.)
] Iím not saying that Hamlet has all the answers to these questions, or that he even comes up with the correct ones, but he is trying to cope, trying to deal grief and betrayal and evil. To those who say he dithers, he takes too long to make up his mind, I would say that is part of what makes Hamlet a real person and not a caricature. Real people arenít perfect and donít have all the answers. It is the journey one takes when trying to find the answers that make us human.
I have never understood how he supposedly dithers. He is given information from a source which is dubious and before taking action wants to verify it. He goes about it in a very ingenious way, and as I have said previously, is in control of the events all the way until the murder of Polonius. It is when he acts, and acts in the heat of the moment, that things go wrong. Maybe the idea of dithering comes from the fact that he talks so much ;-)
I love Hamlet the play because its beauty, its humour and its opacity. I don't much like Hamlet the character as a person, but I think he is one of the most intriguing and multi-faceted characters ever to grace the stage or page. Ophelia will always be an enigma. Hamlet will never be my favourite Shakespeare play, but it is one of those I find myself coming back to again and again.
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