A Trial of Faith: Horatio's Story: Hamlet in Analysis

A Trial of Faith: Horatio's Story: Hamlet in Analysis

A Trial of Faith: Horatio's Story: Hamlet in Analysis

A Trial of Faith: Horatio's Story: Hamlet in Analysis

Synopsis

An exploration of Shakespeare's Hamlet in the form a novel tracing the course of a Kleinian analysis. The narrator and analyst is Horatio, whom Hamlet in the play asks to 'tell his story'.

Excerpt

O God, Horatio, what a wounded name
Things standing thus unknown, shall I leave behind me.
If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart,
Absent thee from felicity awhile,
And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain
To tell my story.

[V. ii. 349-354]

November 1981

That interesting book by the melancholy young Dane with its grindingly repetitive yet fascinating spirals of sentences lay open where I had left it that Sunday afternoon before taking the dog for his afternoon walk. The small circular table near the window was where I preferred to sit and read. Now it was dusk, and it was my custom always to draw the curtains as my narrow, terraced house in Flask Walk, which also contained my consulting-room, exposed me to the view of passing pa-

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