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Hi guys,as it's heading towards Hamlet exam,I think we all need more notes on critics quotes for revision. Does anyone has list of quotes(don't mind from who) for different theme and each character to share?

Greatly appreciated!


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any1 please?
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Is it too late now, or do you still want quotes? I have some from my AS Hamlet coursework.
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yes,quotes please
what you mean by too late?
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do critics quotes actually important for hamlet's exams?(AQA A) A2
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do critics quotes actually important for hamlet's exams?(AQA A) A2
definitely, they're one of the assessment objectives, you lose loads of marks if you don't have any -
you can trawl through these sites if you want to, there are plenty of sources, its just finding something that's useful:

http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/playcriticism.htm#Hamlet
http://www.bookrags.com/criticisms/Hamlet

Here's a pretty in depth book-length analysis of themes, characters, etc:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/414294/Hamlet

If you can't find anything there, then here are the names of some respected critics who've analysed all sorts of aspects of Hamlet:

Paul Cantor - "Hamlet"
Maynard Mack - "Everybody’s Shakespeare" - “The Readiness is All”,
Martin Evans - similar to above
Eleanor Prosser
David Bevington
Robert Hapgood
Réné Girard
Oscar James Campbell
Richard D. Altick
Kenneth Muir
George Detmold
Ernest Jones
Bertram Joseph
Baldwin Maxwell
Theodore Lidz

Psychoanalytic
Sigmund Freud - "The Interpretation of Dreams" (1900)
Feminists
Elaine Showalter - defends Ophelia
Carolyn Heilbrun - "Hamlet's Mother" 1957 (defends Gertrude - popular w/ feminists)

other than that, think about schools of criticism such as derridean, post-colonial etc and how their views might be applied to Hamlet.
Hope this helps
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http://www.shakespearean.org.uk/#Hamlet
http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/people/A0861051.html
http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/playcriticism.htm
http://www.scribd.com/doc/21981/Hamlet
http://www.bookrags.com/criticisms/Hamlet
http://www.shakespearean.org.uk/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critica...ches_to_Hamlet

CRITICS:
LC Knights / Eleanor Prosser / David Bevington / Robert Hapgood / Oscar James Campbell /
Richard D Altick / Arthur Kirsch / George Detmold / Edgar Johnson / Joseph Bertram
Theodore Lidz / J Dover Wilson /

Kenneth Muir (analyses the Ghost)
Maynard Mack –
Paul Cantor – “Hamlet”

Feminists:
Elaine Showalter – defends Ophelia
Carolyn Heilbrun – “Hamlet’s Mother” defends Gertrude

Psychoanalytic:
Sigmund Freud – “The Interpretation of Dreams”(1900)
Jacques Lacan (Lacanian)
Ernest Jones – (good luck googling that LOL)

ACTUAL QUOTES:

"Hamlet's world," Maynard Mack says, "is pre-eminently in the interrogative mood." Harry Levin quotes this, going on to say: "... the word 'question' occurs in Hamlet no less than seventeen times, much more frequently than in any of Shakespeare's other plays. Recalling that it comes as the final word in Hamlet's most famous line," ["To be, or not to be, that is the question," (III, i, 56)] "we may well regard it as the key-word of the play ... Furthermore, besides direct inquiry, there are other modes of questioning, notably doubt and irony...." (3)

L. C. Knights says: "If this ghost turns out to be one who clamours for revenge, then we have every reason to suppose that Shakespeare entertained some grave doubts about him." This is, moreover, a "Ghost whose command had been for a sterile concentration on death and evil."



A.C Bradley
'...while Hamlet certainly cannot be called in the specific sense a 'religious drama,' there is in it nevertheless both a freer use of popular religious ideas, and a more decided, though always imaginative, intimation of a supreme power concerned in human evil and good, than can be found in any other of Shakespeare's tragedies.'

'It was not that Hamlet is Shakespeare's greatest tragedy or most perfect work of art; it was that Hamlet most brings home to us...the sense of the soul's infinity...'

He calls Hamlet a 'tragedy of thought' and says Hamlet's downfall 'is connected rather with [his] intellectual nature and reflective habit than with any yielding to passion'.


Jan Kott

'Hamlet is a great scenario, in which every character has a more or less tragic and cruel part to play, and has magnificent things to say. Every character has an irrevocable task to fulfill, a task imposed by the author. The scenario is independent of the characters; it has been devised earlier. It defines the situations, as well as the mutual relations of the characters. But it does not say who the characters are. It is something external in relation to them. And that is why the scenario of Hamlet can by played by different sorts of characters. '

Hamlet might so easily have been manufactured into an enigma, or a puzzle, and then the puzzle if sufficient pains were bestowed, could be completely taken to pieces and explained. But Shakespeare created it a mystery, and therefore it is forever suggestive; for ever suggestive and never wholly explicable
Edward Dowden

The single characteristic of Hamlet’s innermost nature is by no means irresolution or hesitation or any form of weakness, but rather the strong conflux of contending forces
A.C. Swinburne

He sees it pictorially, not as the problem of an individual at all, but as something greater and even more mysterious, as a condition for which the individual himself is apparently not responsible, any more than the sick man is to blame for the cancer which strikes and devours him, but which, nevertheless, as its course and development impartially and relentlessly annihilates him and others, innocent and guilty alike. That is the tragedy of Hamlet, as it is, perhaps, the chief tragic mystery of life.
Caroline Spurgeon

Hamlet […] cannot be comprehended except as a study of emotion.
L.L Schüking

The concentration at Ellsinore of all that happens enhances the impression of inactivity, which is enhanced again by the sense given us of the constant coming and going around Hamlet of the busier world without
Harley Granville-Barker
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whaaaaaat?
our teacher told us we didn't need to know any critical perspectives for this exam, just context for the shelley!

is this wrong?
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(Original post by white rabbits)
whaaaaaat?
our teacher told us we didn't need to know any critical perspectives for this exam, just context for the shelley!

is this wrong?
your teacher may b right
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guys
do you have a summery quotes for Dover Wilson's 'What Happens in Hamlet?'
I reli cant finish everything :/
Thanks in advance
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2 years old and still useful
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whaaaaaat?
our teacher told us we didn't need to know any critical perspectives for this exam, just context for the shelley!

is this wrong?
For the Edexcel Board, you would require quotes from critics for AO3, which states, "Explore connections and comparisons between different literary texts, informed by interpretations of other readers."

And context comes in AO4
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What are the references to the LC Knights and Edward Dowden quotes?
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What are the references to the actual quotes? Just LC Knights and Edward Dowden
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