And a man’s life’s no more than to say ‘one.’

This is a good line to give to students, actually – one of those that can be introduced as “there is almost no agreement on what the heck Hamlet is talking about here. It may be very simple. Or it may be very complex. What do you think Hamlet means here?”

And then just let them bat it around for a while. There are no words that are particularly challenging – it feels simple. Though it isn’t. I feel I’d enjoy watching students wrestle with its possibilities. I know there would be students who would be as certain as they could be that they knew the answers. There are always such students.

But none of us can be certain.
We don’t know what this “one” is referring to is.
The number? A self? A life? A moment? An interim?


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