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  1. Thread: Opening line

    by Beewulf
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    Gregory is a common working man, low on the...

    Gregory is a common working man, low on the play's social scale, and Shakespeare probably is having him use the colloquial, abbreviated speech of London's working class. According to the Oxford...
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    Gladys, You wrote, that as part of Hamlet's...

    Gladys,

    You wrote, that as part of Hamlet's development, he "no longer expects much of life while looking death in the face." While I'm pressed for time, I would like, at a later date, to use...
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    Gladys, I don't necessarily disagree with...

    Gladys,

    I don't necessarily disagree with your observations about Hamlet. I do argue that the Hamlet who begins the play is significantly different from the man who ends the play, and that one of...
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    On what evidence from the play, or on what...

    On what evidence from the play, or on what scholarly sources, do you base your claim?

    What arguments do you use to demonstrate a relationship between this evidence and your claim?
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    To say that, in Act V, Hamlet has come to accept...

    To say that, in Act V, Hamlet has come to accept death is missing the point a bit. Immediately before the final scene, Hamlet admits to Horatio that his mind is troubled by some inchoate fear:
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  6. I liked your sketch; I've always imagined Sampson...

    I liked your sketch; I've always imagined Sampson as larger and less intelligent than Gregory, while Gregory seemed wiry and quick-witted. In any case, Gregory's puns and wordplay go right over...
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    Regarding Question 1: Because spelling...

    Regarding Question 1: Because spelling conventions had not been standardized, typesetters in Shakespeare's day often used their own judgment when putting words into print. Perhaps this typesetter...
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    While I'm happy you made a decision, it's...

    While I'm happy you made a decision, it's unfortunate that you did not follow the entirely correct explanation that blank/verse offered. Though now out of fashion, the use of the word "numbers" to...
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    The word "stage" had multiple meanings in...

    The word "stage" had multiple meanings in Shakespeare's day, just as it does in ours. Shakespeare is probably using the word to refer to "a raised floor, platform, scaffold raised above the level of...
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    A foreskin would hardly equal a pound of flesh.

    A foreskin would hardly equal a pound of flesh.
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    Regarding the use of Abram rather than Abraham;...

    Regarding the use of Abram rather than Abraham; since Shylock is speaking in verse, I believe Shakespeare uses "Abram" to limit the number of syllables and so maintain a pentameter line, i.e.,...
  12. Thread: As You Like It

    by Beewulf
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    I had a bit of struggle trying to make sense of...

    I had a bit of struggle trying to make sense of your entire post, but your initial observation that "As You Like It" can be thought of as a comparison seems reasonable. It's interesting to ponder...
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    Yes, it was the idea of having Ophelia's body...

    Yes, it was the idea of having Ophelia's body brought in immediately after Hamlet has been joking about her, that led me to think of Ophelia as the lady in Hamlet's, "get thee to my lady's chamber." ...
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    Yes, I think you're right, "my lady" could be...

    Yes, I think you're right, "my lady" could be directed at Gertrude, and the passage you cite is powerful evidence. It's also possible Hamlet is referring to women in general. Ultimately, it's...
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    Yes, I think you're right about the difference...

    Yes, I think you're right about the difference between Hamlet in Act III and Act V. Among other things, Hamlet is developing the ability to face mortality and not be overcome by sadness or tragic...
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    Maybe because it is an early play that is not...

    Maybe because it is an early play that is not considered as sophisticated as some of his later comedies. Also, it tends to play better than it reads, so it's not often studied in schools.
  17. I think the simplest answer is that the there are...

    I think the simplest answer is that the there are three sets of lovers in the play, three men and three women. Also, the title is three words long. Moreover, since classical times, it has been argued...
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    Here's how I understand the line: As you know,...

    Here's how I understand the line: As you know, Yorick was King Hamlet's jester, and Hamlet remembers Yorick as a friend and as witty entertainer whose comedic skill could produce roars of laughter....
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    Now you tell me! :biggrin5:

    Now you tell me! :biggrin5:
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    If I were to create a thesis to the prompt, I'd...

    If I were to create a thesis to the prompt, I'd go with Ophelia. Both Polonius and Laeretes try to convince Ophelia that Hamlet cannot be trusted, that she will never be able to marry him, and that...
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    Actually, we don't know to the extent Shakespeare...

    Actually, we don't know to the extent Shakespeare was influenced by Aristotle, and to say that Shakespeare was "heavily influenced by Aristotle" is a significant exaggeration. During Shakespeare's...
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    Question of Madness

    Well, here's a question regarding Hamlet's madness:

    We know that Hamlet tells Horatio that he'll act a bit crazy as he investigates whether the Ghost's accusation of murder is correct, and we see...
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    Poll: I'm short of time, so I just looked at your...

    I'm short of time, so I just looked at your intro. There's much that you've done well! You might consider moving the section of your introduction that reviews the play's plot to the body of the...
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    Once you find the sentence and have studied it,...

    Once you find the sentence and have studied it, the rest is easy.

    First paragraph: quote the line as your attention-getter, identify who says it and in what scene, then in a concise thesis...
  25. I liked the movie, too. I've seen the play a lot,...

    I liked the movie, too. I've seen the play a lot, and worked on it a couple of times as an actor and combat choreographer. My experience has been that in the theatre, there are never enough actors...
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