The Subjection of Hamlet: An Essay Toward an Explanation of the Motives of Thought and Action of Shakespeare's Prince of Denm by William LeightonThe Subjection of Hamlet: An Essay Toward an Explanation of the Motives of Thought and Action of Shakespeare's Prince of Denm by William Leighton

The Subjection of Hamlet: An Essay Toward an Explanation of the Motives of Thought and Action of…

byWilliam Leighton

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Excerpt from The Subjection of Hamlet: An Essay Toward an Explanation of the Motives of Thought and Action of Shakespeare's Prince of Denmark

Ago, Karl Werder, of Germany, promulgated his original and fascinating theory of the character of Hamlet; one so different from anything heretofore conceived of the prince, and one developed with such plausible ingenuity and force of illustration, that it startled for a while the world of thinkers; and men began to believe that they had, at last, found a solid basis of fact on which to account for the puzzling motives and actions of the character. Instead of being a doubter in thought, and a procrasti nator in deed, we were told that Hamlet was a quick witted and self-reliant man of business, taking advantage of every opportunity to execute his plans of revenge according to his oath, and failing of success only because he was hampered by surrounding circumstances. Bravely and skilfully he attempted to navigate his ship over a tempestuous ocean that must be crossed. He exerted every nerve, tacked and veered as he best could, and light ened his hold by sacrificing every encumbrance; but he was wrecked at last upon rocks that no pilot could avoid, amid storms that -no vessel could withstand. The ghost laid upop him the duty of avenging his murder. Merely to have plunged his sword into the king would have been a comparatively easy task; but what, then, would have been his own position? How would the act appear to the court and the people of Denmark? Thoroughly satisfied though he might be that it was an honest ghost he had seen, he had nevertheless no power to.

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Title:The Subjection of Hamlet: An Essay Toward an Explanation of the Motives of Thought and Action of…Format:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.16 inPublished:December 27, 2018Publisher:FB&C LtdLanguage:English

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