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15 Answered Questions for the topic Hamlet

Why was Ophelia psychologically ill in the Shakespearean play Hamlet?

In the Shakespearean play Hamlet Ophelia became psychologically ill. Was it because of Hamlet's behavior or how society treated her or what's the real reason behind her sudden illness? Did... more

Why doesn't Hamlet like improvisation?

In Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Hamlet has a famous monologue about how to properly perform a play. During one portion of the monologue, he has some harsh words for people who improvise: > O,... more

Why didn't Hamlet's modifications to the theater troupe's play "tip off" anyone else?

When a theater troupe visits Hamlet's castle, he makes some... rather pointed changes to their show, which now includes a murder much like the one his uncle performed. Why didn't anyone else... more

07/02/19

Inconsistencies in the character of Horatio in Hamlet?

In the Shakespearean tragedy **Hamlet**, Horatio is a friend and "fellow student" of the eponymous prince. A meticulous reading of the text will reveal certain apparent inconsistencies in the... more

06/29/19

Is there any significance in Shakespeare's use of the name "Laertes" (name of the father of Odysseus) in Hamlet?

Is there any significance in Shakespeare's use of "Laertes" (name of the father of Odysseus) in Hamlet? Do we associate the name with The Odyssey more strongly than Shakespeare, to whom it was... more

In Early Modern English, how did 'see' semantically shift to mean 'note/record'?

John McWhorter [PhD Linguistics (Stanford)](https://americanstudies.columbia.edu/people/john-h-mcwhorter). [*Words on the Move*... more

Is Hamlet correct when he says "it is an honest ghost"?

The Ghost in *Hamlet* claims to be Hamlet's father's spirit released from Purgatory. Is it possible that the Ghost is lying? Has it been sent from Hell to stir up mischief in Elsinore? (The play... more

What a piece of work is man - echo in The Lord of the Rings?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, after Gandalf tells Frodo the story of the One Ring and challenges him to destroy it, Frodo looks at the ring and we read this description: > how rich and... more

Was the sealed letter ordering Hamlet's death a Biblical reference?

Is the sealed letter that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern carry that orders Hamlet's execution a deliberate reference to the Biblical [King David](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David) having [Uriah... more

06/05/19

The meaning of "The rest is silence" in "Hamlet"?

Hamlet's very last words are > The rest is silence. What do they actually mean? This being Shakespeare, I reckon the significance of these words cannot be only the banal comparison between... more

05/23/19

What does the line “Excellent, i' faith, of the chameleon's dish. I eat the air, promise-crammed. You cannot feed capons so.” mean, from Hamlet?

> “Excellent, i' faith, of the chameleon's dish. I eat the air, promise-crammed. You cannot feed capons so.” <sub>*Hamlet*, act 3, scene 2</sub> What does this sentence mean? What... more
Hamlet Literature Theme

04/15/19

How do Hamlet's thoughts and doubts about the afterlife affect him?

In _Hamlet_, there are many references to the afterlife, god, and what the consequences of his actions are. ###My question is this: _Did Hamlet's pre-conceptions about the afterlife ultimately... more

04/06/19

What does the line “Excellent, i' faith, of the chameleon's dish. I eat the air, promise-crammed. You cannot feed capons so.” mean, from Hamlet?

> “Excellent, i' faith, of the chameleon's dish. I eat the air, promise-crammed. You cannot feed capons so.” *Hamlet*, act 3, scene 2 What does this sentence mean? What are the chameleon, air... more
Hamlet

05/15/15

What is a to be or not to be that is the question soliloquy that I can make up for English class?

Its basically supposed to be a parody soliloquy on to be or not to be by Hamlet.
Hamlet Literature

10/28/13

Disscuss the merits of the following statement from Hamlet.

  "The tone of Hamlet's brooding and often moralizing speech, his melancholy and dissatisfaction, his very desire for revenge do seem to imply an aspiration toward some form of moral beauty."

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