Tag Archives: Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Madness and gender in Gregory Doran’s Hamlet

Sarah Bahr Indianapolis, Indiana, United States   John Everett Millais, Ophelia, 1851-52, Tate Britain, London. In director Gregory Doran’s 2009 film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, David Tennant’s Hamlet becomes a bawdy lunatic who consciously or unconsciously uncouples himself from reality. The intentionality of Hamlet’s madness is more muddled than in Shakespeare’s text because of the […]

Emptiness Melancholia: depression sweet depression

Camila Machado Minas Gerais, Brazil   Ophelia, 1851 John Everett Millais. Oil on Canvas. Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality.1 – Andrew Solomon   Vitality had seemed to seep away from me through the years, stopping me from feeling joy, sadness, affection, and love. I felt empty […]

Resounding silence: the trouble with Hamlet’s body and soul

Mary Vallo Glastonbury, Connecticut, United States   John Barrymore as Hamlet. ca. 1923. James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960). Museum of the City of New York. 46.414.1. Central to medieval and Renaissance thought was the divide between the carnal body and the transcendent soul. As the only earthly beings to possess a soul, humans integrated the animal […]