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1

Walsh

Hamlet is a play about "pitiful procrastination"

2

David Leverenz

"[Ophelia] goes mad rather than gets mad"

3

Elaine Showalter

"The madwoman is a heroine, a powerful figure who rebels against the family and the social order"

4

Nietzschean philosophy

Hamlet cannot kill Claudius because he knows that his actions will change nothing in the eternal nature of things.

5

Nietzsche

"Knowledge kills action, for action requires a state of being in which we are covered by a veil of illusion"

6

John Locke

Hamlet lost his moral guidance when his father died. This provoked him towards the notion of murder and seeking revenge.

7

Marxist

There is a clear division between the aristocracy, bourgeoisie and proletariat in Hamlet. Hamlet mocks both Polonius and Osric. C+G use R+G as spies, and Polonius uses Reynaldo as a spy.