Monday, April 7, 2008

Bloom is Hamlet?

Bloom reminds me a bit of Hamlet. He is a man of little action (when it comes to defending himself). At the bar in episode 12, he finds himself against the common man in regards to several opinions. He thinks that capital punishment is the best solution, and that man's crimes are unforgivable, yet he also believes in communal and filial love. Both of these perspectives oppose everyone else in the bar's ideas.

Bloom, a Jew, is antagonized, but he does not defend himself. People get unfavorable opinions of him because he is secretive and does not drink. Like Hamlet, Bloom is a total social outcast who does not do what is sufficient to defend himself. Consequently, he is unhappy for it.

Everyone knows that Bloom's wife, Molly is cheating on him. Bloom even spots Boylan, but does nothing. In episode 12, during the hour of unfaithfulness, Bloom sits miserably in the bar thinking about what is going on. Just like Hamlet, who did not know how to act to respond to the "outrageous arrows" of misfortune, Bloom does not know what to do.

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