Revenge, ambition, lust and conspiracy return to the heads of those that conjured them in Hamlet, completely annihilating two families--the innocent with the guilty. Check out my blog on the play (includes current link to PBS Great Performance video of production of play): http:///t0bmb
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William Shakespeare often contributes his most reflective lines to the biggest fools in his plays. Likewise, here he gives this role to Polonius, who advises his son, though Polonius does not bother to follow is own advice. In Polonius’s eyes, borrowing invites private dangers and replaces domestic thrift (husbandry). He warns his son not to act rashly, to hold his tongue, and not to lend or borrow money. However, Polonius himself dies because of acting rashly, speaking too much, and entering into a fight between Hamlet and his father. This shows contradiction in his nature. Besides, the theme of this phrase is money and logical philosophy that plays an important role in everyday life.
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“ Oh what a rogue and peasant slave am I…/ Am I a coward…/I am pigeon-livered and lack gall/ To make oppression bitter ” – Hamlet soliloquy. Hamlet berates himself, having seen the passion of the players, for not acting on his own passionate desire for revenge.