Christopher Sebela

writer, wronger, rearranger

Jack Hitt
In fact, he pointed out a weakness in the structure of the story I’d never heard before in all my experience with the play, that Hamlet’s dilemma over killing Claudius isn’t really much of a dilemma.



Big Hutch
I don’t see the conflict. I don’t see what Hamlet is dealing with, man. Aw, I should kill the king now. I shouldn’t kill him now. No, you knew once your father said revenge him, you knew you were going to do this. So what’s the hullaballoo about? Do it. I mean, that’s the same way. I couldn’t see somebody raping my daughter or something and just sitting around. No, no, no, no, no. I got to do you, man. And that’s just, [SMACKING SOUND], you done. That’s why I think Hamlet’s an old minnow too.



Jack Hitt
Are there no reasons to delay taking swift action? Even if you’re convinced that you’ve been wronged? I mean, that’s why he stages the play within the play, right? To make sure that Claudius is the bad guy.



Big Hutch
See, that’s where we have to go back. Now, if I’m strong enough to believe in ghosts, then I’m strong enough to believe what that ghost tells me. If I’m strong enough to believe you’re a ghost, then I’m sure you know what happened to you.

— This American Life, ACT V

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