Robin Williams, Hamlet and the Undiscovered Country

August 12, 2014 5:35 AM

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Harold Bloom wrote a book some years ago, titled Hamlet: Poem Unlimited. The book might also have been titled, Hamlet: Character Unlimited, for the Prince of Denmark, like Shakespeare's tragedy itself, cannot be reduced to anything.

What I mean by that is that when artistic directors of repertory theaters attempt to limit Hamlet, to depict him, as, for instance, a man who simply has an Oedipal complex, or as a mama's boy, or as an over-the-top and antiquated notion of a schizophrenic who speaks in two voices, they fail not only...

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