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|Updike on Hamlet|
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0314 Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Date: November 28, 2011 11:47:01 PM EST
[Richard Waugaman writes: Updike writes, for example, "Several Shakespeare commentaries, especially one by the Spanish thinker Salvador de Madariaga, helped me see that Hamlet is in fact the callous, egocentric villain of Hamlet." By contrast, "I love Gertrude, and always have.”]
I long to read it. For the death of Ophelia, I can't pardon him. Polonius was a meddling fool, but it was a rash act to stab him with unseeing hand. And his stumbling, protracted revenge results also in the death of his mother and 3 unwitting tools of Claudius, not to mention the loss of the kingdom.
How could he have done worse, in the situation?