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Although many critics credit Eliot's concept of the objective correlative, some take issue with his discussion of the subject in this essay.
Some critics argue that no individual can say with certainty what emotion Shakespeare intended to convey in Hamlet, and thus cannot attack Shakespeare for failing to express it.
Eliot does, however, give credit to Shakespeare's use of the objective correlative in his other works.
Eliot concludes by stating that because Shakespeare cannot find a sufficient objective correlative for his hero, the audience is left without a means to understand an experience that Shakespeare himself does not seem to understand.The function of interpretation in this argument is to make the reader aware of relevant historical information that they are not assumed to know.Eliot credits Robertson in particular for his historical interpretation of Hamlet.The latter portion of the essay is dedicated to Eliot's criticism of Hamlet based on his concept of the objective correlative.
He begins by arguing that the greatest contributor to the play's failure is Shakespeare's inability to express Hamlet's emotion in his surroundings and the audience's resultant inability to localise that emotion.Next, Eliot names three sources on which Shakespeare is believed to have based his play: Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy, The Ur-Hamlet, and a version of the play performed in Germany during Shakespeare's lifetime.