Sunday, April 11, 2010

"Hamlet"

I finished watching the movie this evening. I hadn't known that it was a tragedy and was surprised when people started dying at the end. I figured it out pretty quickly, though, and eagerly anticipated the last few deaths.

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.

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"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?

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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.

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Half the time I think that Hamlet is crazy, and half the time I think he's brilliant. Hmm...

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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?

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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.

2 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Gertrude's role in all the mayhem has never really been clear, so you are right to ponder it!

Sarita Rucker said...

Ok. I just. Wasn't sure if I'd missed some detail that clarified the matter.

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