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Third Paper - December 13, 2004 Dr. Kozikowski ENG 121B...

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December 13, 2004 Dr. Kozikowski ENG 121B Item #24 – Hamlet Cruxes – Q1 Hamlet vs. Q2 Hamlet Shakespeare’s three variations of Hamlet , the 2,221-line First Quarto (1603), the 3,809-line Second Quarto (1604), and the 3,907-line First Folio (1623), possess many qualities that differentiate themselves from one another. The First Quarto, also known as the “Jacobean Hamlet,” depicts characters such as the Queen in a much more honorific light than that of the Second Quarto, or the “Elizabethan Hamlet,” which portrays her in a more pejorative fashion. There are many references and speeches made in the Second Quarto that are not present in the First Quarto. The First Folio differs from both the First and Second Quartos in that Shakespeare omitted/added both partial and whole conversations. Going beyond the simple difference of length, the three variations of Shakespeare's Hamlet differ from one another in many ways. The overall ambiance of Shakespeare's First Quarto of Hamlet , especially towards the Queen, is one of honor and high esteem whereas in the Second Quarto Shakespeare treats the Queen in a more pejorative fashion. Many believe that Shakespeare wrote the First Quarto as an unoffending play to the Queen. In contrast, they believed that the Second Quarto, basically a more drawn-out revision of the First Quarto, was as much a
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