Oxford, Ramus, and Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
This chapter focuses on Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. The soliloquies of Prince Hamlet represent the maximum linguistic expression of a singular mind in English letters. The prince’s inner reasoning suits the decision trees so familiar to Ramus (and so often used by game theorists). Present and future predicaments, coordinative and otherwise, plague the prince. In adopting and adapting Erasmus’s technique of copiousness, the playwright captures the extensive structure of the prince’s discourse, and with it, the convolutions of his mind. That mind reveals a Ramist understanding of the animating force of holy conscience. Edward de Vere was effectively expressing the pain of nostalgia. Oxford’s Ramism converges with personal experience in Prince Hamlet. No similar convergence supports the Stratfordian case.