Hamlet's Clashing Ideals
Hamlet's ideals, of honor, order and forgiveness, clash when his father's ghost demands revenge on his uncle the king. Is it nobler in the mind to take revenge, or not to take it? Anyone who's wondered that has also felt Hamlet's ideals clashing.

David Bishop lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, teaches at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and participates in the Great Books discussion group at the Cambridge Public Library. He believes it's time to put the humanity back into the humanities.

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