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
Amy’s comments during our discussion today prompted me to write about the role of isolation in developing some of Shakespeare’s themes in the play, Hamlet. I thought about the types of isolation in the play and came up with the … Continue reading
I was listening to this radio program on the weekend about lying. There is an interesting documentary made by CBC called “The Truth about Liars” and it reveals some nasty truths about our deceptive ways. Many of Shakespeare’s plays explore … Continue reading
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
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
Academics continue to analyse and debate the meaning of “the rest is silence” and the ambiguity of the words is certainly fitting with the ambiguous wordplay of the protagonist, Hamlet. John Russell Brown argues that it may mean “All that … Continue reading
The words “something”, “nothing”, “anything”, and “thing” appear in the text of the play 74 times. Even though this is a huge play, I think “things” matter. The play begins with Marcellus referring to the ghost of Hamlet as a “thing” and … Continue reading
Tragedy moves like a ghost appearing in the most unexpected places. And in the midst of experience, philosophy seems both more and less important to our feeble attempts at understand suffering and loss. While reading the fictional tragedy of Hamlet … Continue reading
Poor Polonius – the fool finally meets his end doing what he does best – hiding behind a curtain trying to get knowledge – “by indirections, find directions out”. Adding “insult to injury” in the one and only moment that … Continue reading
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