Hamlet | Critical Essay by Larry S. Champion

This literature criticism consists of approximately 23 pages of analysis & critique of Hamlet.
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Critical Essay by Larry S. Champion

SOURCE: Champion, Larry S. “‘A Springe to Catch Woodcocks’: Proverbs, Characterization, and Political Ideology in Hamlet.Hamlet Studies 15, nos. 1/2 (summer/winter 1993): 24-39.

In the following essay, Champion remarks on the numerous proverbs that appear in Hamlet, suggesting that they are used not only to delineate the characters, but also to highlight the political tensions surrounding the aging Elizabeth I and the lack of an heir to her throne.

Proverbs so fascinated sixteenth-century England that they accomplished the unlikely journey from the edge of folklore to the core of academic learning. Those who collected them or who acclimatized foreign proverbs to English soil were “hailed as benefactors who enriched the ‘copy’ of their native tongue” (Wilson, “Shakespeare” 186).1 In the first two forms of...

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