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By Michael Goldman

This intensely own e-book develops a brand new method of the examine of motion in drama. Michael Goldman eloquently applies a style in accordance with a very important truth: our event of a play within the theater is nearly completely our adventure of acting.

Originally released in 1985.

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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. In Kozintsev's scenario, Hamlet's drive toward revenge seems simple and clear, if temporarily thwarted. Shakespeare instead forces an equivocal confrontation between Hamlet and Claudius before the opportunity for revenge is lost, leaving us with a more puzzled sense of the play's direction, and aware that, if we ever expected a clarity of development like that of Kozintsev's film, we have been seriously mistaken.

An action's name—its significance or reputation or meaning—is somehow lost in the diverted flow of the action itself. It is a wonderfully teasing conclusion to a restless, twisty speech. And I wonder if I am right to hear something of Hamlet's typical irony here, this time addressed more directly to the audience than anywhere else in the play. For in the closing lines of the soliloquy Hamlet seems to take one more step back, even as he contemplates the action about to break loose in Elsinore, the action we are contemplating, guessing about, and—as befits the audience at a tragedy—expecting to receive with utmost seriousness.

Othello will soon "know" that Cassio and Desdemona are lovers. He will know it by ocular proof, but the knowledge and the proof will depend on the thought Iago has planted. This scene is, of course, a turning point in the play. But the very sharpness of the turn raises a question which sheds light on the way the play makes us feel about action. Actors and readers alike have traditionally made much of the problem: at what moment, exactly, does Othello become jealous? Read­ ers are tempted to look for it, and actors must.

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