Why I will fight with him up on this theme Until my eyelids will no longer wag.

This is a strangely blithe way to talk about fighting over a dead woman’s body. I mean – I guess I understand why Hamlet wants to fight on the theme. He wants to prove he loved Ophelia. Okay. But to talk about eyelids waging just seems a little silly. Wagging being most associated with the tails of dogs. The next most associated might be heads wagging – up and down – but again that has a sort of overly enthusiastic quality. And I think of Helena talking about waggish boys. So to have this boyish dog-like image connected to the eyelids makes it feel like Hamlet is perhaps not taking this fight seriously.

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