Hamlet Critical Essays

aberration A state or condition markedly different from the norm.
vicarious felt, undergone, performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another
pertinent having to do with the subject at hand; relevant
stratification process when the layers are formed
qua in the capacity of; as being
irrefragable not to be disputed or contested
intractable not easily managed or manipulated
supercilious having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
disquieting disturbing; upsetting; vexing; causing unease; worrisome
versification The structural form of a line of verse as revealed by the number of feet it contains. [For example: monometer = 1foot; tetrameter = 4 feet; pentameter = 5 feet, and so forth]
ruse a clever trick
levity a lack of seriousness or earnestness, especially about things that should be treated with respect; buoyancy, lightness in weight
dissimulation the act of deceiving
bufoonery ridiculous behavior; acting stupid
cogent convincing and well-reasoned
soliloquy a monologue delivered by a character while alone on the stage that reveals inner thoughts, emotions, or some other information that the audience needs to know
tragedy a type of serious drama that ends in disaster and that focuses on a charachter who undergoes unexpected personal reversals
abridge to make shorter or condense
disclaim disavow; to deny interest in or connection with; to give up all claim to
petard wooden box charged with powder used to blow up an obstacle

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