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1

Goethe

' a lovely, pure and noble and most moral nature.... Sinks beneath a burden which it cannot bear and must not cast away'

2

AC Bradley

Sees Hamlet as a son made melancholy by his mothers sexual depravity

3

Ernest Jones

Suggests Hamlet's problem is that he has an Oedipus complex. He cannot murder Claudius as he has committed the deed which he has wished to carry out

4

Caroline Spurgeon

Identified 'the number of images and sickness and disease as a describe if the whole condition of Denmark morally'

5

LC Knights

Hamlets judgements are brooding upon evil and pathologically unbalanced

6

Van Goethe

Religion - all duties seem holy for hamlet

7

Swinburne

Hamlets - the single characteristics of hamlets nature is strong contending forces not hesitation

8

Bradley - Religion

Hamlet is unable to carry out the scarred duty I prose by divine authority of punishing an evil man by death

9

Samuel Johnson

Hamlet is rather an instrument than an agent

10

Coleridge

Hensley is obliged to act on spur of the moment

11

Wilson knight

Claudius as he appears in the play isn't s criminal - he is a gentle King enmeshed by the chain of casually linking him with his crime

12

Wilson Knight

Hamlet is an element of evil in the state of Denmark

13

Alexander

The play doesn't offer any conclusions about what is the right response to the questions it poses about human aggression

14

Belsey

Revenge is not justice - it is an act of injustice on behalf of justice

15

Belsey

Revenge is always in excess of justice

16

Belsey

Revenge always exists on a margin between justice and crime

17

Wilson knight on Hamlets morality

Hamlet is in fact the poison in the veins of the community

18

Alexander

The desire for vengeance is seen as part of a continuing pattern of human conduct

19

Rebecca smith

Polonius seems to love his children and he seems to have the welfare of the kingdom in mind. His means of actions are totally corrupt tho.

20

Rebecca smith - P and O

Trained his daughter to be obedient and chaste and uses her as bait for spying