Hamlet critic quotes

Crawford – relationship between tragedy and humour “the firmament of tragedy is made blacker by the jewels of humour with which it is bestowed”
Crawford – humour vs madnes “sanity is humour”
Northcutt – framing in relation to hamlet’s mention of “this goodly frame, the earth” “locates the speaker within the cosmic frame”
Northcutt – framing of the Globe “the microcosmic frame of the Globe theatre, between the stage floor and the roof”
Northcutt – the ghosts movements and framing “define the visible space of the play”
David Tennant – Audience and Hamlet ‘We the audience, become his confidant’
Schofield – Claudius and his moral emptiness ‘He has the persuasiveness and physical courage of a ruler, but is morally empty’ –
Bradley – Hamlet’s utter failure to be a man of action despite being religiously and judicially bound to do so “unable to carry out the sacred duty, imposed by divine authority, or punishing an evil man by death”
Dawson – Claudius’ love for Gertrude ‘He loved Gertrude deeply and genuinely’
Sutcliffe – Hamlet is not the archetypal revenge tragedy hero ‘He is supposed to be a hero who occupies centre stage, but he spends most of the play watching himself as the hero doing nothing’
Sir Herbert Tree – Madness and humour ‘The key comic element of the play’
Crawford – Hamlet’s likeablility as a protagonist ‘No character in all Shakespeare is more evenly balanced”
CS Lewis – Hamlet’s humanism ‘Hamlet is haunted, not by a physical fear of dying, but of being dead’
Jenkins – Hamlet’s acceptance of death ‘It is a destiny he seems to accept’
West – Hamlet’s search for truth that has cathartic consequences ‘He wants truth at all costs, and the costs are Ophelia, Polonius, Gertrude and Claudius’
Smith – Ophelia’s obedience and how it has come about (Polonius) ‘trained his daughter to be obedient and chaste’
Bloom – women in Hamlet are a.. “theatrical balance” or “sounding board” for the action of male characters
Bloom – Gertrude promiscuity “She is evidently a woman of exuberant sexuality, who inspires uxorious passion first in King Hamlet and later in Claudius”
Rose – Gertrude is the… “scapegoat of the play”

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