I just read a collection of literary criticism about the character of Hamlet. By far the most intriguing piece of criticism was from TS Eliot.
TS Eliot argues that Hamlet is a failed play. He argues that Shakespeare wanted to tell the story of a young man who feels betrayed by his mother, and superimposed it on Thomas Kyd’s revenge play. He argues that this simply does not work, and that when people such as Coleridge and Goethe talk about Hamlet, they are really talking about themselves as Hamlet.
My opinion is basically this: Hamlet is by no means a perfect play, but I hope I write something some day that fails as badly as Hamlet.
Thoughts anyone? Is T S Eliot right?