Dating hamlet book summary
As a result, the critic becomes biased in favour of and fixated on the character.Eliot accuses Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Samuel Taylor Coleridge of this, stating that Goethe's critique turns Shakespeare's tragic hero into his own Werther while Coleridge's "Lecture on Hamlet" made Hamlet into a Coleridge. Robertson and Elmer Edgar Stoll for publishing critiques that focus on the larger scope of the play.
It was later reprinted by Faber & Faber in 1932 in Selected Essays, 1917-1932.Laertes reassures her that he will take care of himself. He tells Laertes that he must hurry to his ship but then delays him by giving him a great deal of advice about how to behave with integrity and practicality.Polonius admonishes Laertes to keep his thoughts to himself, restrain himself from acting on rash desires, and treat people with familiarity but not with vulgarity.Eliot goes on to note that play enjoys critical success because the character of Hamlet appeals to a particular kind of creatively minded critic.
According to Eliot, a creative-minded individual who directs his energy toward criticism projects his own character onto Hamlet.
Since the last scene portrayed the bitterly fractured state of Hamlet’s family, by comparison, the bustling normalcy of Polonius’s household appears all the more striking.