"Hamlet" According to Critic C. Williamson Analytical Essay by Nicky

Analyzes critic Claude Williamson's argument that there is nothing in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" that requires or even allows for interpretation.
# 145264 | 1,325 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 31, 2010 in English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Hamlet) , Literature (General)

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This paper relates that many critics believe that, to understand the meaning of Shakespeare's "Hamlet", one must first examine the play for clues relating to each unclear occurrence; however, critic Claude Williamson stresses that the text should only looked at from the perspective of its external origins and its historical context or legacy. Next, the author partially rejects Williamson's position by arguing that the psychological processes of Hamlet's mind is what makes the play so dramatic. Nonetheless, the paper concludes that Williamson is correct that looking at the originality of the play and character is one of the simplest and most profound ways in which to begin an examination of "Hamlet" or any other text.

From the Paper:

"Williamson is talking about the dramatic structure of the narrative, which Shakespeare, it is true, altered only slightly--except for the ending. Williamson fails to note that the Hamlet or Amleth of Scandinavian legend was ultimately victorious and ascended to the throne to live through several more years of violence and court-based intrigue before dying in battle. The fact is, Willaimson's initial assertion that the history or legend behind Shakespeare's Hamlet does not matter; neither does the earlier tragedy upon which Shakespeare's play was based."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Williamson, Claude C. H. "Hamlet." The University of Chicago Press: International Journal of Ethics, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Oct., 1922), pp. 85-100. Retrieved via JSTOR 9 December 2008.
  • Mackenzie, David. Teutonic Myth and Legend. Ch. 22, "The Traditional Hamlet." Published online at Sacred Texts.com. Accessed 9 December 2008. <www.sacred-texts.com/neu/tml/tml27.htm>

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