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date: 25 August 2019

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‘The Question of Hamlet’ examines some of the puzzling issues in one of Shakespeare’s most familiar plays. Hamlet’s durability owes something to the questions the play raises without always resolving them. Can a Ghost be trusted? Is revenge the nobler course? Where does conscience stand? What does filial passion dictate? Is violence the best way to counter violence? Criticism evades the challenge of engaging with these problems when, eager to find an easy way of mastering a puzzling play, it shifts the focus to the prince’s character. A less psychological, more theatrical Hamlet, on the other hand, confronts its audience with the question it poses: what ought Hamlet to do?

Keywords: ghosts, revenge, passion, violence, theatricality

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