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recurring ideas

January 25, 2012

In the opening scenes, we are starting to hear some ideas recurring.  For example, the idea of reason surfaces several times.  Claudius declares that “you cannot speak of reason to the Dane / and lose your voice” (1.2.44-5), while Hamlet fumes that “a beast that wants discourse of reason / Would have mourned longer [than his mother]” (1.2.150-1). The recurring idea of acting also emerges.  Most pointedly, Hamlet responds to his mother, who wants him to grieve less, by saying that what she sees in him are “actions that a man might play” (1.2.84).  He, in fact, has “that [grief and sadness] within that passes show” (1.2.85).

What do you make of either of these recurring ideas?  Or what other significant concepts do you see circling out of the text so far?

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