Tag Archives: Laertes

Discussion: Themes in Hamlet

Hamlet is a play about what it is to live and to die. Hamlet, the character, explores notions of the moral life while recognizing the complications of mortality. I think Shakespeare must have been worried about death. Hamlet certainly worries about … Continue reading

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Discussion: The Problems of Revenge

This week I’d like to encourage discussion about the themes in Hamlet, and each post will address a different theme or approach to themes in the play. This morning, while trying to coax my dog into doing my marking,  I … Continue reading

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Digging for Meaning

Meaning Beyond Death I love the grave digger’s scene in Hamlet. Irony abounds as the audience explores life in death. But the play never really dies. Shakespeare finds immortality in Hamlet. Digging through Shakespeare is not unlike archaeology whereby the reader excavates the … Continue reading

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Digging up the Present

The echoes of Hamlet in the present continue as I watch the news. It mediates between our experience of the real, and our thoughts about the real. How are we to act in the face of tragedy? Acting quickly can … Continue reading

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Pirates in Hamlet?

In Act 4 scene 6, Horatio reads a letter from Hamlet telling him that on his way to England, the ship was attacked by pirates. Hamlet managed to escape sending Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to their imminent death in England. Pirates … Continue reading

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