Hamlet Critics Quotes

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Swinburne
"A single characteristic of Hamlet's innermost nature is by no means irresolution or hesitation, but rather a strong conflux of contending forces"
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Van Goethe
"Impossibilities are required of Hamlet; not in themselves impossibilities but for him"
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Wilson Knight (Claudius)
"Claudius is not a criminal. He is... a good and gentle king, enmeshed by the train of causality linking him with his crime. And this chain he might, perhaps, have broken except for Hamlet, and all would have been well"
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Wilson Knight (Hamlet)
"Hamlet is an element of evil in the state of Denmark"
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Alexander
"The proof of the King's guilt doesn't solve Hamlet's problem. The question remains, how does one deal with such a man without becoming like him"The proof of the King's guilt doesn't solve Hamlet's problem. The question remains, how does one deal with suc
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Belsey
"Revenger is not justice. It is rather an act of injustice on behalf of justice"
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Marylin French
"Rosencrantz and Guildernstern sacrifice...human friendship to a social propriety"
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Rebecca Smith
"Claudius shares Hamlet's conception of Gertrude as an abject"
8 of 17
Showalter
"Ophelia is deprived of though, sexuality and language"
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Samuel Johnson
"Hamlet is, throughout the whole play, more of an instrument than an agent"
10 of 17
Bradley
"Hamlet is unable to carry out the sacred duty, imposed by divine authority, of punishing an evil man by death"
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Brucher
"Revenger's create their own civil justice,often in ways that imitate or even mock divine justice and that compromise their own moral impulses"
12 of 17
Wilson Knight (Relative Morality)
"The question of relative morality of Claudius and Hamlet reflects the ultimate problem of the play"
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Spurgeon
"Images of sickness and disease... as descriptive of the unwholesome condition of Denmark's morality"
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Dollimore
"Corruption articulates a crisis in the decay of traditional social order in England"
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Smith
"Polonius trained his daughter to be obedient and chaste"
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Van Goethe (Religion)
"All duties seem holy for Hamlet"
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