The most common symbol associated with Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is a skull. The lines associated with that particular scene are often misquoted; the correct quote is below.
Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? Your gambols? Your songs? Your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? (Hamlet, V.i)
I’m producing Hamlet for our community theatre group, ACT (a community theatre), which will be staged on the last weekend of August and the first weekend in September. For our poster this year, the director suggested a photo of the actor playing our Hamlet, together with a skull. The photo above was taken on a cold May day. The poster was created by my talented step-daughter.
The photo below is from Saturday’s rehearsal. Different skull…
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