Tag Archives: William Shakespeare

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: Isolation

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

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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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The Rest is Silence

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

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Perspectives: Poor Polonius, Poor Gertude

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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Hamlet and “Waking Life”

Do you have memories which you recall and then wonder if you were awake or dreaming? Do you ever feel like you might have dreamt a memory that you previously thought was real? How can you be sure? Are you filled … Continue reading

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