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    Post what is the meaning of "Hamlet" ?

    somebody told me that "Hamlet" word means "a church without a priest".I did not hear it from anyone else.Do you know is it right?what is the real meaning of "Hamlet" ?


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    Re: what is the meaning of "Hamlet" ?

    hamlet
    Noun
    1. a community of people smaller than a village
    (synonym) crossroads
    (hypernym) community
    2. a settlement smaller than a town
    (synonym) village
    (hypernym) settlement
    (hyponym) Kampong, campong

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoly View Post
    somebody told me that "Hamlet" word means "a church without a priest".I did not hear it from anyone else.Do you know is it right?what is the real meaning of "Hamlet" ?

    In England, technically a hamlet is a settlement that does not have a parish church.


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    Re: what is the meaning of "Hamlet" ?

    Thank you very much,
    but I always think :
    why shakespear used this word for his main character?If he could not use better name that shows maddnes and loneliness of him?why this word that means "a settlement that does not have a parish church"???

    Thank you again.


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    It has nothing to do with the word for a settlement. It is the anglicisation of a Danish name Amleth.

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    Re: what is the meaning of "Hamlet" ?

    A settlement without a church is like a body without soul or like a cake without cream. I think this idea clearly emphasizes, figuratively, Hamlet's lonliness, isolation and consequently his madness.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    A settlement without a church is like a body without soul or like a cake without cream. I think this idea clearly emphasizes, figuratively, Hamlet's lonliness, isolation and consequently his madness.
    Maybe, but I very much doubt if Shakespeare would have thought that. And there is nothing in the play to suggest that Hamlet is in any way isolated or indeed lonely.


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    Thank you Mad-ox,
    you say good point.

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    Re: what is the meaning of "Hamlet" ?

    Also Hamlet was not mad. Deeply saddened and disturbed, he was, which is understandable in the context of the situation. He feigned madness: as Polonious said of him (and a great idiom that I use about myself when i address my students), "there is method in his madness".*

    Shakespeare is responsible for a great majority of idioms in our language.

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