Yeah, I know, I can be sort of morbid.
But I do have a few random things I want to comment on, and random questions to ponder.
"HORATIO: My lord, I came to see your father's funeral.
HAMLET: I pray thee, do not mock me, fellow student;
I think it was to see my mother's wedding" (p 63-5*).
It seems to me that the mother's wedding is the father's funeral, in a way. After all, part of the reason that Claudius murdered his brother was so that he could marry Gertrude, Hamlet's mother.
What do you think?
Was Gertrude in on the plot to murder Hamlet's father? I'm still not sure on this point. Then again, maybe it's a point that is never cleared up? I'll need to keep my eyes open when reading the book.
Half the time I think that Hamlet is crazy, and half the time I think he's brilliant. Hmm...
The opening scene starts at midnight, but in just a few minutes it is dawn. Huh? Was Shakespeare taking poetic license, or is there some meaning in the quick passage of time?
Yep, I have a lot to ponder.
*The book I got my page numbers from is "Hamlet: Bringing Shakespeare to Life" the editor of which is Terri Bourus.