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“Is Thy Union Here?”: The Symbolism of the Pearl in Shakespeare’s Hamlet

A pearl, the birthstone of June, is a queer creature when compared to the remainder of what modern society deems “precious stones”. One never imagines a pearl to reflect so brilliantly the light that a ruby reflects so well and so often, nor does one imagine a pearl to be made of a pure and… Continue reading “Is Thy Union Here?”: The Symbolism of the Pearl in Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Fiction · Literary Wisdom · Short Story · The Prince of the Black Death

The Prince of the Black Death, Part the Second

“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14 KJV Every step up, it seemed, reminded him of some dreadful fancy. At one point in the mounting, his mind drifted to when he had first talked with Anne about his… Continue reading The Prince of the Black Death, Part the Second

Fiction · Literary Wisdom · Short Story · The Prince of the Black Death

The Prince of the Black Death, Part the First

"The world of Hamlet is a world where one has lost one's way....I believe that we read Hamlet's speeches with interest chiefly because they describe so well a certain spiritual region through which most of us have passed." C.S. Lewis Due to the Plague so lately fallen upon the People of England, so too doth this rever’d… Continue reading The Prince of the Black Death, Part the First

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Literary Wisdom: Hamlet, Act Five

Hail to thee, thou lords and ladies— Act Five of Shakespeare's Hamlet is my favorite portion of the play. The Prince's transformation into a tremendously faithful and God-fearing man is indescribably and beautifully profound—after all, it's the prime reason I enjoy talking about this play so much:) Thus believing it my mission to pay proper homage for Defy… Continue reading Literary Wisdom: Hamlet, Act Five