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  • By Itzik Basman
    Sep 2, 2009
    "futilityas tragedy: an interpretation of Hamlet" This is a perceptive analysis of HAMLET that posits an original interpretation of the play, focusing on the play's world in contest with Hamlet's nature as a man. Basman argues that Hamlet is doomed because the forces of evil in his world overwhelm any attempt he makes to understand things in a normative frame. The argument is rich in implication and is rigorous throughout, although certainly open to other views. The argument follows Hamlet's own progress through the play and analyzes each of the soliloquies in tracing Hamlet's own development.The textual analysis is superb.
  • By agardiner
    Jun 25, 2009
    "HAMLET by I Basman" I'm a sophomore taking a couple of summer courses and one of them requires me to write a paper on HAMLET. Surfing through the net I came across this long essay. I found it interesting and helpful and it provided me with a good take off point for what I'm going to write about: a study of the characters of Gertrude and Ophelia. So I give it a pretty high recommendation
  • By elleaustin
    Apr 18, 2009
    "HAMLET" Hamlet: Futility as Tragedy is a tight and thought-provoking look at one of Shakespeare's most difficult to penetrate dramas. Taking us through a close reading of the text, Basman doesn't back down from Hamlet's depth and ambiguity, but rather confronts the character head on by attempting to make sense of his world, his dilemma and his tragedy. Unique is Basman's focus on Hamlet's world, as formative, as much if not more than on Hamlet's character. While the reader is left with a slightly bitter image of human nature and the futility of our attempts to make ethical choices, the fact that Basman put his heart into this project is itself uplifting and hopeful. Well worth the read.
  • By scott w. pearce
    Jan 18, 2009
    I agree with Ian Beasley that this essay would have been a great help in studying HAMLET in university. It might be a bit much for high schools students. But the concentration on Hamlet's soliloquies and the examination of some of the other speeches could help high school students too, I think. Anyway, I think its a good effort, even though Mr. Basman is very tough on Hamlet at the end of the play. maybe too tough. But still, this isn't too shabby and woth getting and reading.
  • By sharon basman
    Jan 5, 2009
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April 7, 2004
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.99 lbs.
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8.5 wide x 11 tall
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