Hamlet Critic Quotes 2

All duties seem holy to Hamlet Goethe duties
He has the persuasiveness and physical courage of a ruler, but is morally empty Schofield
Hamlet is obliged to act on the spur of the moment Coleridge acting
He loved Gertrude deeply and genuinely Dawson claudius’ love
The key comic element of the play is madness Sir Herbert Tree comic
a woman of exuberant sexuality, who inspires uxorious passion first in King Hamlet and later in Claudius Bloom
Hamlet is haunted, not by a physical fear of dying, but of being dead C.S Lewis death
Ophelia is deprived of thought, sexuality and language Elaine Showalter Ophelia’s deprivations
Pleasing men is Gertrude’s main interest Rebecca Smith pleasing men
He is being asked, as a son who (surely) loves his father, to avenge his father’s foul and unnatural murder Gabriel Josipovici
Women are often given the same advice that is given to servants… Chasity, piety, obedience Diana Bornstein slaves and women
With the strongest purposes of revenge, he is irresolute and inactive Henry Mackenzie (Hamlet’s purposes of Revenge)
Cold-hearted devil J.H Walter (Polonius)
A man whose moral compass is infinitely wobbly Gabriel Josipovici (Polonius’ moral compass)
Unworthy of a hero Thomas Hamner (Hamlet’s actions in Act 3, scene 3)
He himself is literally no better than the sinner whom he is to punish Kate Flint (Hamlet’s inactivity in Act 3, scene 3)
The violence towards the mother is the effect of the desire for her Jacqueline Rose (Hamlet’s violence towards his mother in Act 3, scene 4)
gives him the licence of a fool to speak cruel truths, transgressing the language of social decorum Kate Flint (Hamlet’s madness)
a poetic and morally sensitive soul crushed by the barbarous task of murder Goethe Hamlet unfit for task
Comedy can be seen as “the grounds from which tragedy develops” Susan Synder (Hamlet comedy and tragedy)
Ghosts of departed persons are not wandering souls of men but the unquiet walks of devil Protestant Thomas Browne’s Religio Medici in 1643
He identified Hamlet’s illness as Melancholy Thomas Bright (1580)
Hamlet’s far fetched scruples are often mere pretexts to cover his want of determination Schlegel (Hamlet’s indecision and masculinity)
Ophelia is portrayed as “an insignificant minor character” Elaine Showalter Ophelia’s marginality
Hamlet is rather an instrument than an agent Samuel Johnson instrument
Hamlet “has no firm belief in himself or anything” Coleridge no self belief
Hamlet is a “vulgar and barbarous drama” Voltaire in 1748 (opinion of Hamlet)
Hamlet is a man incapable of acting because he thinks too much Coleridge incapable of acting
Hamlet is a merge of the tragic hero and the clown figure Gabriel Josipovici (Hamlet’s character)
“Hamlet’s suffering and behaviour stem from the fact that he cannot find a play to be part of” Gabriel Josipovici (Hamlet’s dilemma)
Claudius is a “good and gentle King” Wilson Knight Claudius is good
Hamlet only possesses the word of an unreliable ghost and his own instinctive dislike of Gertrude’s second husband as a basis for revenge Anne Barton (Hamlet’s basis for revenge)
Hamlet assumes without any questioning that he ought to avenge his father A.C Bradley in 1904 (Hamlet on avenging his father)
we are never perfectly certain as to just who or what the ghost is John Dover Wilson in 1935 (the origins of the ghost)
the story of moral poisoning Hippolyte Taine poison
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are “just toadies to the king” John Gielgud (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern)
Ophelia literally has no story without Hamlet Lee Edwards Ophelia no story
Hamlet is a play about a father and a son who were weak because they were undone… by sexually treacherous women Avi Ehrlich in 1977 (female sexuality)
Hamlet “thinks too deeply” Nietzsche in 1872
(Hamlet is) an element of evil in the state of Denmark Wilson Knight in 1930 (Hamlet)
he is not a monster, he is morally weak Amanda Mabillard (Claudius)
The world of Hamlet is a remarkably enclosed one Alan Gardnier (Hamlet’s world)

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