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ah, hamlet, one of my favourite genders
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A four-text edition of Hamlet
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ophelia + doubt
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just wanted to say I agree on Hamratio, and mostly because, well, it's Horatio. Even if he's not quite the Cinnamon Roll the fandom sometimes makes him out to be, Horatio is always the one encouraging Hamlet not to make stupid decisions and I feel like "leading Ophelia on for some reason if he's not interested" or "cheating on a girl he actually is interested in" would both be things that Horatio would Not Approve of. Like the problem (for me, at least) is not so much that it makes Hamlet more of a jerk to Ophelia (it's... a bit too late to redeem his character on that front without getting very creative about everything from the nunnery scene on), but that it makes Horatio complicit in that, and I... just don't see that.
So, this is a submission I received forever ago and somehow completely missed (I'm sorry, anon!), most likely in response to the tragic danish boyfriends post from a couple years ago that circulates every so often. And I have to say, yes, I agree with this 1000%! It's one of the reasons I just don't like Hamlet/Horatio. While making bad decisions is definitely in-character for Hamlet, a sort of secret relationship (especially given Ophelia's presence) does seem radically out-of-character for Horatio. Of course, I don't find anything related to romance in Horatio's characterization whatsoever in my own reading of the play, but he just seems like too much of a Responsible Dude to get involved in that way.
Then there's the fact that Horatio's role in the play is that of a witness. I think there's a lot of potential in seeing him be so supportive of Hamlet while being a witness to his destructive tendencies (something @suits-of-woe mentioned in her response to the original post), especially where Ophelia is involved. So, again, for me that makes it seem out-of-character for him to be wrapped up in that romantic entanglement where she is a factor. In my own analysis, I can't find a way to make a functional version of that relationship work without losing important themes from the Hamlet/Ophelia plotline. And, moreover, giving Horatio direct involvement in the unfolding drama (a necessity if we're thinking in terms of the Hamlet/Ophelia romantic plotline) would detract from his narrative purpose.
So, thank you for this analysis, anon!
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Sluttiest. Hamlet. Ever.
“To orgy or not to orgy. That is the question...”
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may i present you
penguin pingu classics
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Oh my god I was just looking to see how much a copy of Hamlet would be through Barnes and Noble and PEOPLE ARE ROLEPLAYING WARRIOR CATS IN THE REVIEWS??????
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may i offer you some Hamlet booty shorts in these trying times
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the only way to make living bearable is to romanticize it I guess
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Me: this is hamletcore
My therapist: we actually call it clinical depression
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Ian McKellen has returned to the role of Hamlet, at the age of 82, in a new production at Theatre Royal Windsor
Photograph: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian
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a month ago i picked up a book on stage directing in my school’s black box and opened to a random page and it was something about making shakespearean actors rehearse by adding the word fuck to their lines to turn the archaic language into something familiar for the emotional resonance (of course taking it out as rehearsals move along to fix rhythm/etc but just to start off) and the example it gave was the solid flesh speech. like. iirc it was specifically “but two fucking months dead”
and like. im obsessed with this. as a concept. not even for acting i just think it’s so fucking funny. to be or not to be, that’s the fucking question. is this a fucking dagger i see before me. this is the excellent fuckery of the world -
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People arguing whether Hamlet was written as a teenager or as a 30 year old: 😡🤜🤜
Sir Ian McKellen, unbothered king:
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i've just read virginia woolf's essay on charlotte brontë. at one point, she writes: 'to write down one's impressions of hamlet as one reads it year after year, would be virtually to record one's own autobiography.'
i can’t stop thinking about it? i love being reminded that literature is as much about the interaction between the reader and the text as it is between the writer and the text. not just the fact that, as we go through life and grow, we find literature increasingly commenting on the experiences we've had. but also the fact that we come to books with our own life experiences and thoughts, and we work retroactively with a writer to almost create a slightly new book from what they wrote - their book through our eyes. as readers, we are as essential to the literature-making process as the writer.
my copy of hamlet is probably very different to yours. i might’ve related more to hamlet’s musings on death and morality. you might be more interested in shakespeare’s questioning of power or revenge. same story, different notes, different eyes, different lives.
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“I've been quite lucky in that I've managed to tick off a few of my dream roles, really. Beyond that, you wait for the next script to come in that will have the dream role that you don't know exists yet, I suppose.”
Happy Birthday David Tennant! (April 18th, 1971)
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"Her clothes spread wide;
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up:
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes;
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element: but long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death.”
Hamlet, Act IV, Scene VII
"The Death of Ophelia" by Sarah Bernhardt 1880.
(credits to Twitter)
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the problem with hamlet is he’s always played by a 35 year old dude and im like. in the first place why are you not already the king, get it together. and when a 35 year old makes fun of people he’s just a dick. he’s not funny he’s just annoying. like shut the fuck up and just kill your uncle like a goddamn grown up.
but 15 year old hamlet? when a 15 year old is being snarky and annoying? thats just how teenagers are. a 15 year old panicking about commiting actual murder? okay, yeah, you’re allowed to panic about this for a while. fair enough. 15 year old hamlet is actually a tragedy rather than the saga of a mid-life crisis.
nobody under thirty has played hamlet in a major film adaptation according to wikipedia and its a goddamn travesty.
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