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Joshua Logan and "Hamlet"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1442  Thursday, 1 September 2005

From: 		Stephen Rose <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 30 Aug 2005 08:18:11 -0700
Subject: 16.1426 Joshua Logan and "Hamlet"
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1426 Joshua Logan and "Hamlet"

Why is Hamlet a tragedy?  He would not be a tragic hero were it not for 
some admirable quality he had that was somehow the vehicle of his 
undoing. When he tells Horatio to stick around and tell his story, what 
is the story he wants told?  Might it have something to do with his own 
ideals for himself (not discluding his love for Ophelia) being 
progressively compromised by events, not only external but internal to 
himself?  The admirable quality a determination to lead a life that is 
free and able to make inquiry and to love, and that prospect is dashed 
almost from the first scene. Best, S

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