One reads of Lessing's crucial importance in the "Shakespeare wars"; of Kant's flirtations with the thought of Swedenborg; of Hegel as a critical Aeneas; of Schopenhauer as Ariel (to Kant's Prospero and Hegel's Caliban); of Gustaf Gruendgens's 1936 Berlin performance of Hamlet
in a blond wig; of Jose Benardete's suggestion of a Quinean poetics; and, perhaps, most intriguingly, of Russell's obsession with Hamlet
, crystallized neatly in a 1918 remark from prison: "I shall never lose the sense of being a ghost.
Slinger may be the first Hamlet
to tow his victim's body away with a jauntily hammedup: "Goodnight, mother.
Horatio, of course, is greeted warmly but this is not a Hamlet
I could warm to.
In contrast, Margreta de Grazia argues that Hamlet
, the "icon of consciousness," has been mis-read and over-stated within the context of the overall play.
The role is often picked apart as a series of contradictory character studies - Hamlet
the nihilist; Hamlet
the psycho; Hamlet
the jester and friend; and, finally, Hamlet
The charms of Hamlet
's mind are essentially feminine in their nature," wrote 19th century scholar Edward Vining, who suggested that Hamlet
was actually a girl raised as a boy.
director Jamie Garven says an all-female version of the play "is liberating".
Litvin begins her historical account with a survey of the ubiquity of quotations from and allusions to Hamlet
(particularly "to be or not to be" [of which more anon] and "The time is out of joint") in Arab political discourse.
Litvin demonstrates that the Hamlet
productions before the 1967 Arab defeat produced a romantic national hero.
One less expurgated attempt at a section of Hamlet
was made by the late, great comics pioneer Will Eisner, who adapted the whole of 'to be or not to be', to be spoken by a thug on a New York tenement roof.
is not the only person in the play to see the ghost, he is the only one to whom the ghost speaks; and Hamlet
remains skeptical until the play within the play that what the ghost has told him is reliable.
What can be said about Hamlet
within the common idiom, having no systematic recourse to extraneous theories, has most assuredly already been said.