William Shakespeare | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Susan Letzler Cole

This literature criticism consists of approximately 27 pages of analysis & critique of William Shakespeare.
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Critical Essay by Susan Letzler Cole

SOURCE: Cole, Susan Letzler. “‘Maimèd Rites’: Shakespeare's Hamlet.” In The Absent One: Mourning Ritual, Tragedy, and the Performance of Ambivalence, pp. 41-60. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1985.

In the following essay, Cole compares Hamlet to Xerxes, the protagonist of Aeschylus's The Persians, arguing that because Hamlet has been denied the catharsis of traditional funeral rites, he becomes obsessed with replacing his father rather than forging his own, separate identity.

All of the components which serve as links between funerary ritual and tragic drama are present in Shakespeare's Hamlet. There is not one deceased father but three (the elder Hamlet, the elder Fortinbras, and Polonius). A ghost appears outdoors, wearing armor, and indoors, apparently wearing a dressing gown. There is evidence of antithetical...

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