Ophelia’s Desperation

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Assignment 2 on Hamlet

Answer one of the following questions based on the critical readings:

1). On “Objections to the Elizabethan Theatre” from 1597 by the Mayor of London. How would you defend Hamlet against charges that it draws people into “imitaction and not to the avoidinge the like vices which they represent”?

2). After reading “On Producing Hamlet” by Jan Kott, comment: if you were producing the play today, what would you emphasize?

3). In the first paragraph of “Ophelia’s Desperation” Byles cites a number of different interpretations (by different critics) of Ophelia’s behavior. Which do you agree with, and why?

About 200-250 words.

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