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By Michael Goldman

This intensely own ebook develops a brand new method of the research of motion in drama. Michael Goldman eloquently applies a style in keeping with a vital truth: our adventure of a play within the theater is nearly completely our adventure of acting.

Originally released in 1985.

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There, Hamlet does not come upon the King at prayer; Kozintsev omits the entire scene. The effect is to simplify an arc of action that Shakespeare has deliberately made complex. If Hamlet is allowed no moment alone with Claudius, Polonius' death becomes the only reason why Ham­ let doesn't get to complete his revenge after the Mousetrap. Thinking to kill the King, he accidentally stabs the wrong man, gets involved in a scandal, and is shipped off to England before he can accomplish his task. Bad luck.

Revealingly enough, the whole pan­ orama of human activity is now seen by Hamlet as the bearing of blows and insults. The second current, which first appears in the middle of the fifth line, "and by opposing end them," is associated with the peace of no sensation, with the obliter­ ation of thought and feeling as itself a pleasurable goal—end, sleep, death, quietus. "To Be or Not To Be" Already with the appearance of a second current we come upon the basic pattern that should guide the actor in per­ formance: an emotional current diverting the speculative movement, speculation picking up the emotional suggestion until it crosses another emotional track and is diverted or dissolved.

He fails to understand that repentance depends on the most deeply and thoroughly private of inner movements. Yet from "To Be or Not To Be" a Christian point of view it is the most important action an individual can perform, whose ultimate stretch is salvation. At the end of Claudius' speech, Hamlet's sudden appearance disturbs the much simpler alignment of motive and action that we as audience expect from a revenge drama. 6 We are panting for a satisfying resolution of the revenge situation, but not here, not like this, not from a chance encounter, not with a stab in the back, and certainly not in the middle of the play.

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