Several other quotes have been sprinkled amongst the Elders Speak pages of weather. The s, when most of his most famous plays were performed was the coldest decade in England of that century. Storminess also reached a peak during this time, It was a time when the first scientific understandings of weather and climate had begun, yet, most people still believed weather and climate were either under the control of God or of evil agents such as witches.
Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is full of talk about death, dead bodies, murder, suicide, disease, graves, and so forth. And there is no traditional Christian comfort or promise of eventual justice or happiness for the good people.
But the message is ultimately one of hope. You can be a hero. Aristotle wrote that in a tragedy, the protagonist by definition learns something.
Whatever you may think of Aristotle's reductionist ideas about serious drama, Shakespeare's heroes all develop philosophically. You may not agree with everything they decide.
As you read the play, watch how Hamlet -- who starts by wishing he was dead -- comes to terms with life, keeps his integrity, and strikes back successfully at what's wrong around him.
So far as I know, it's the first time this theme -- now so common -- appeared in world literature. Scene by Scene "Revenge should know no bounds.
Hamlet remembers his father as an all-around good guy, and as a tender husband who would even make a special effort to shield his wife's face from the cold Danish wind. The day Hamlet was born, Old Hamlet settled a land dispute by killing the King of Norway in personal combat.
How old is Hamlet? We have contradictory information.
The gravedigger mentions that Hamlet is thirty years old, and that the jester with whom Hamlet played as a child has been dead for twenty-three years. A thirty-year-old man might still be a college student. However, Ophelia is unmarried in an era when girls usually married in their teens, and several characters refer to Hamlet's "youth".
So we might prefer to think that Hamlet is in his late teens or early twenties. And many people have seen Hamlet's bitter, sullen outlook at the beginning of the play as typical of youth. You'll need to decide that one for yourself.
I think "thirty" might be a mistake for "twenty". Richard Burbage, who played Hamlet first, was older than twenty, and perhaps the editor thought "twenty" must be wrong. Hamlet was a college student at Wittenberg when his father died.
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Shakespeare wrote the play between when attitudes were completely different to the attitudes of society today, in particular, widespread belief in witchcraft.
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