Hamlet: Ay, madam, it is common. Hamlet: Seems, madam? Yet more accurately still we might say that what Hamlet grieves for here is to be deprived of mourning itself, a fate he feels bitterly and which surfaces as a recurrent preoccupation in the play as Hamlet is increasingly insistent in drawing a distinction between the mere theatricalisation of grief and his own inability to mourn openly, so that, as he later complains of the player:.
And all for nothing! For Hecuba!
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What would he do Had he the motive and the cue for passion That I have? I am monolingual.
My monolingualism dwells, and I call it my dwelling; it feels like one to me, and I remain in it and inhabit it. It inhabits me. The monolingualism in which I draw my very breath is, for me, my element. Not a natural element, not the transparency of the ether, but an absolute habitat. It is impassable, indisputable : I cannot challenge it except by testifying to its omnipresence in me.
It would always have preceded me. It is me. For me, this monolingualism is me […] I would not be myself outside it […] This inexhaustible solipsism is myself before me.
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And truth to tell, it never was. You at once appreciate the source of my sufferings, the place of my passions, my desires, my prayers, the vocation of my hopes, since this language runs right through them all. Monolingualism of the Other The death of sovereigns and princes constitute overdetermined chronotopes, where, in speaking of the past and prophesising the future we are continuously yoked together in untimely dislocation see esp.
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Moreover, a sense of the impregnable insubstantiality of language also prevails — maybe it is a matter of native spirit or Seelenstoff? Yet having introduced this relation which hints at a being in common Hamlet then still insists that this grief is particular only to him and thus simultaneously defies our comprehension.
In turn, the failure to re-assimilate that which is lost or beyond self-assimilation gives rise to the despairing mournful thought which was our first regret and our necessary accomplice in initially turning away from and doubting the body. And so, on it goes […]. I have been studying how I may compare This prison where I live unto the world: And for because the world is populous And here is not a creature but myself, I cannot do it.
Ay, no; no, ay; for I must nothing be. Now, mark me how I will undo myself. Or that I could forget what I have been! Or not remember what I must be now! Such subjectivity Grady reminds us is coded as:. In some sense this is surely the risk of sacrifice too? And if our relation to suffering, and suffering the suffering of others, is necessarily asymmetrical then surely this also indirectly acknowledges the place of the spectator as potentially securing the heteronomous conditions for autonomy? Consider, for example, the demonstrator helplessly waving a flag in front of a tank on Tiananmen Square which lives on, not only as an enduring memory of sacrifice, but also as a form of joint responsibility which we acknowledge both as an obligation and as a prompt to future action.
Bushy: Each substance of a grief has twenty shadows, Which shows like grief itself, but is not so. In short this too is a type of nativity, but as yet it is only stillborn cf.
By the time Hazlitt considers the play, the aesthetic implications of the speech are so evident as to be superfluous:. Queen: This way the king will come; this is the way […] But soft, but see, or rather do not see, My fair rose wither — yet look up, behold, That you in pity may dissolve to dew, And wash him fresh again with true-love tears.
Ah, thou, the model where old Troy did stand! In its entirety the first fifty lines of 5. Given that any particular Rose of beauty will surely die, we desire increase that thereby the general rose of beauty might live.
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The individual may be lost, but that which we envisioned through him, the universal that inspirited his particular flesh, the rose that animated the Rose, this will live on in others. The Rose who enfigured beauty — who was the Rose , the paradigm of beauty, in fact — this Rose will live on in later Roses who carry his name and copy his example. I am sworn brother, sweet, To grim Necessity, and he and I Will keep a league till death. Hie thee to France And cloister thee in some religious house.
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Bernstein, J. Brooke, Nicholas ed. Caygill, Howard. Joughin, ed. Philosophical Shakespeares. London and New York: Routledge, Cavell, Stanley. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Coleridge, S. Shakespeare:Richard II , Derrida, Jacques. Pascalle-Anne Brault and Michael B. Naas, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, Dutoit, Stanford: Stanford University Press, General editor, with Carol Rutter, of the Shakespeare in Performance series for Manchester University Press, he has written a performance history of The Merchant of Venice and edited anthologies on Shakespeare on Television with H.
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