“Seems," madam? Nay, it is; I know not "seems." In this brief quote from Act One, Scene Two of Hamlet, Shakespeare gives up what I feel is the central theme of the entire play. Yes, there is a revenge plot, a murder cover-up, a play within a play, but everything comes back to seeming. In what is one of the great works of drama, the Bard hides much in layers of seeming. I have read this play several times, and each time I find yet another way of looking at something that adds yet another layer of meaning to the words on the page. This is one of Shakespeare’s most complex works because everything has multiple layers of meaning. If you only read one Shakespeare play (and that would be a travesty) make it this one.— Scott
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