Anyone have a problem with Elliot's "Objective Correlative" theory? Think about what it implicitly states. The very need for such a theory to explain Hamlet's actions with regard to his mother in the famous "closet scene" refutes Shakespeare's complete development of Hamlet's character. Else why the need for extra-textual analysis? Remember, analysis must be a function of the world that is created, a direct consequence of the character and his actions. No where in the text can one find evidence of Elliot's thoery of Hamlet's "incestuous" yearing for Gertrude. Yet, Elliot's theory is convincing. Hence, the theory is so much an indictment of Shakespeare's development of Hamlet's character.

>>By Concerto   (Thursday, 26 Feb 2004 06:38)

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