By Michael Goldman

This intensely own booklet develops a brand new method of the learn of motion in drama. Michael Goldman eloquently applies a style in keeping with a very important truth: our event of a play within the theater is sort of solely our adventure of acting.

Originally released in 1985.

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First, as part of a providential plan, it achieves a large and unambiguous moral clarity, larger and clearer than anything Hamlet has been able to accomplish through the unaided exercise of his will. Having decided to "let be," he is enabled by a series of accidents to force the King to swallow the drink the King himself has poisoned and stab him with his own envenomed sword. The guilty man dies by his own criminal instruments, in a manner that makes his guilt plain to all. Secondly, the ending is sat­ isfying from the point of view of the audience.

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. We have seen some rapid and exciting phases of the action, but what is the action's name?

That there need be no single point—because minds may not behave that way—is no matter. Our belief that such a point must exist is part of our mythologizing of the process, one more reflex by which we honor the mystery of human action. Here, then, is the spectrum the play insists on. It may be described as the arc through which Othello, as he prepares to execute Desdemona, imagines that his mind has moved. For he thinks he has arrived at his "cause" by a process of careful deliberation. The spectrum runs, let us say, from sight to thought to feeling to some decisive deed: I'll see before I doubt; when I doubt, prove; And on the proof there is no more but this: Away at once with love or jealousy!

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