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October 23, 2005

"As woman's love"

HAMLET

Is this a prologue, or the posy of a ring?

OPHELIA

'Tis brief, my lord.

HAMLET

As woman's love.


I love this line! I remember discussing this a lot in AP last year. Once again, Hamlet who is apparently crazy, gives a clever comeback. I think Hamlet could be talking about two different things in his above line. Gertrude's love was definitly short since she married her brother-in-law in within two months of Old Hamlet's death. Also, I think he could also be talking about Ophelia's love for him. I'm not sure. Any ideas about this quote?


ps. Has anyone ever read Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead?

Posted by AmandaNichols at October 23, 2005 02:10 PM

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Amanda, I had that play on the syllabus for EL250 until almost the last minute. I think I might put it on the list for EL150 in the spring.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 23, 2005 04:25 PM

Amanda,

Though I have never read Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead, I do think this quote involves the nature of Ophelia's love. Her love is for Hamlet, that is what she is talking about - but I think her love, for Hamlet, is not brief.

Posted by: Katie Aikins at October 23, 2005 11:58 PM

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