Hamlet: Yes, no, maybe so . . . what do YOU think? 
We're more than halfway through Hamlet. You're comfortable with the basic plot . . . but now I'd like to see some informal dialogue happening.
  • What DO you think about the man, Hamlet, the people who surround him, his task, his indecision, his "love" for Ophelia, his view of women, friendship, loyalty, life, death?????
  • Your task is to post at least 2 blog entries and respond to one other student's entry.
  • Be sure to include your first name in the text of the post.
Posted by Elaine Loughlin On 02/14/2009 at 8:28 AM  4 Comments

ealoughl said On 02/21/2009 at 2:34 PM
Wow . . this is what I like to see--anger, annoyance, frustration OVER HAMLET! YAY for the thinkers of the world. Your questions and strong feelings over the characters show that you both think deeply about people's behavior. Hamlet is annoying in his inability to "ACT already"--but sometimes a heavy burden weighs us down and we can't JUST DO IT. And Ophelia . . . poor girl . . .without any options--she saw no purpose in living. How sad. Caught in between Hamlet's love and Hamlet's duty left her out in the cold. A dead father . . . she was at loose ends. Weakness . . . well, I'm glad I was not born in Ophelia's day . . . I can't imagine not having a say in my life, but as we all know, suicide is never the answer. Remember, Shakespeare was a dramatist and wrote to entertain--the Elizabethans liked a complicated plot as much as movie goers today do. Thanks for submitting.  
Guest said On 02/20/2009 at 1:04 PM
In respond to Jenny's comment on Ophelia's death, she didn't kill herself over Hamlet. Her father was MURDERED, so sometimes when a tragedy like that happens people's emotion tend to come undone and they can't take it anymore. No one is made out of stone. When we're hurt we tend to not think like our usual self. Pain is not controllable. Neither is our emotion toward tragedy. Phuong L.  
Guest said On 02/20/2009 at 12:59 PM
I find Hamlet really annoying and just so tiring. Right at this point of the story, he is just feed up with his family and I'm feed up with him. He is quite dramatic and I wished he HAD killed himself. He is so mess up in the head with his hatred toward Claudius and his mother that it makes him unbearable and just completely insane. He doesn't care about the wellness of his country at all. It's all about him, his inability to take his revenge, his hatred toward women and his own madness. Hamlet is plain carelessness and he has let his desire for revenge overcome him and it has driven him insane causing his character to be fallible. Phuong L.  
Guest said On 02/20/2009 at 4:11 AM
Yeep, so we're halfway (well, a little more than halfway) through the play, now. I'm kind of uncertain whether or not I've enjoyed reading the play so far. Perhaps it is because I focus so much on trying to understand the meaning of the words that I am not fully captivated by the plot of the play. However, I have noticed something about the characters-- the women are WEAK. I'm not an all out "GIVE WOMEN RIGHTS NOW" type of person, but I do think that women should atleast have a backbone in their life. It's understandable that during the time of the play, women rarely had any rights equal to men. But even without the rights, they could have still made wise moral decisions for themselves. For example, Queen Gertrude-- what's up with her remarrying her late husband's BROTHER? Her late husband obviously wouldn't have liked that, Hamlet didn't like her remarriage at all, and she probably didn't even love the man. If she DID love Claudius, then that would be very wrong, seeing as how she would have had to love both Claudius and the late king at the same time. And that's a big no-no. Out of all men, how did it turn out to be Claudius that she remarried to? Well, perhaps Claudius ended up having something to do with that. Ophelia, on the other hand-- her suicide only shows me how weak she is. Too lovesick to handle her situation? Did she even give herself a chance to get over Hamlet? ): I guess we'll just have to see how the story concludes. Who wants to bet that the women will just be tossed to the side at the end? ? Jenny H.  
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