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Written by Laraine
(6/12/2003 8:43 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Does Hamlet change when he's at sea? why?, penned by Jezkalyn
That's not stealing--it's just talking about what I suggested we discuss. And I've been gone almost all week anyway (my son got married on Saturday), so I'm very glad that you have posted responses to the questions. I wanted to know what everyone else thought :)
I also believe that Hamlet changes--he comes back with virtually none of the indecision that he left with. It's probably due more the fact the Shakespeare was thinking it was time to wrap up the story--at least that's the practical way to look at it.
But even if that's true, it still needs to be motivated, and I'm not sure that Shakespeare gives us enough motive. There are several possibilities, as you point out. I would only add that the fact that he's had it out with his mother, finally, as another possible reason for his comparitive calm. But I can't say that I think any of the reasons is motivation enough for the change.
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