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Reversed Thoughts in Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2432  Wednesday, 24 December 2003

From:           Edward Pixley <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Dec 2003 09:16:45 -0500
Subject: 14.2428 Reversed Thoughts in Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2428 Reversed Thoughts in Hamlet

 >> In Act II, scene ii, lines 560-568, Hamlet discusses adding lines to a
 >> performance of the Murder of Gonzago.  Then, later, lines 617 on, he
 >> thinks through the notion of exposing the king by means of a play.
 >> Doesn't it seem as though these are reversed, should not the thought
 >> come before development of the execution?
 >>
 >> Michael B. Luskin
 >>
 >> _Not if one sees Hamlet's basic nature as impulsive.  He acts
impulsively,

only reasoning things out later.  Or if he reasons first, action is
impeded.  "Thus the native hue of resolution is sicklied or with the
pale cast of thought, and deeds of great pitch and moment, with this
regard their currents turn awry and lose the name of action,"  Pardon me
for not showing the line breakdown.  All copies of the play are in my
study, which, at this early hour, is occupied by visiting sleeping
grandchildren.  Happy holidays!

Ed Pixley

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