Who Is Hamlet Who's To Blame?

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No doubt, Hamlet was used to living in a delusion of people being killed by poison that he probably had to watch his back. He started to develope a dark sense of humor and made bad puns. "What is your affair in Elsinore?" he asks a visitor. "We'll teach you to drink deep ere you depart." Not the kind of guy you would want running your Chamber of Commerce, no. But pretty well-suited for life in a polluted world -- the kind of guy who could get mugged and make jokes about it, who would cheer everybody up by making bright little cracks about the diminishing ozone layer and acid rain and garbage barges everywhere you turn (Mcleod, E1).
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Hamlet always waited on something to happen but he doesn’t do well when it comes to Ophelia.
It’s clear that he contradicted
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As Hartley describes in The
Shakespearean Dramaturg, true historical reconstruction is an unattainable goal. While it is
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