Five Hamlets Expanded

Five Hamlets Expanded

This post was created to supplement a writing workshop. “To be or not to be” From The Groundling’s Guide to Shakespeare’s Hamlet by Hilary J Kovar, Ph.D The status of Hamlet’s most famous speech is tricky.   If Hamlet knows (or even suspects) that Claudius and Polonius (or their agents) are spying on him, this is a monologue that pretends to be a soliloquy, and its representation of Hamlet’s “inner thoughts” is a matter of...

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Protected: Five Hamlets

Protected: Five Hamlets

“To be or not to be” From The Groundling’s Guide to Shakespeare’s Hamlet by Hilary J Kovar, Ph.D The status of Hamlet’s most famous speech is tricky.   If Hamlet knows (or even suspects) that Claudius and Polonius (or their agents) are spying on him, this is a monologue that pretends to be a soliloquy, and its representation of Hamlet’s “inner thoughts” is a matter of performance over revelation—seeming over being.   If...

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