William Shakespeare | Critical Essay by Robert C. Evans

This literature criticism consists of approximately 51 pages of analysis & critique of William Shakespeare.
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Critical Essay by Robert C. Evans

SOURCE: Evans, Robert C. “Friendship in Hamlet.Comparative Drama 33, no. 1 (spring 1999): 88-124.

In the following essay, Evans suggests that friendship is a fundamental theme in Hamlet and analyzes Hamlet's relationships in the drama, particularly his strong bond with Horatio.

In 1958, Harry Levin reported that in the previous sixty years a new item of Hamlet commentary had been issued every twelve days.1 By now the rate must be something closer to a new item every twelve hours or minutes. My chief justification for adding one more straw to the camel's back rests on the surprising fact that friendship—a crucial concern of classical and Renaissance thinkers—has not received much explicit or systematic attention as an important and pervasive theme in Shakespeare's great tragedy. Inevitably the topic is raised—usually in passing...

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