Short Story Analysis “Hamlet” By Katherine Hubbard
The story is a mixed narration and alliterations of both contempt and admiration
by the narrator (Eleanor) towards her sister (Victoria), as she tries to come to terms with her
sister’s suicidal ways. This narration eventually leads to compassion. Through her tender
moments with Hamlet, Eleanor learns to assert herself and find compassion for her sister
This can be clearly seen in the 47th page of the book, where the narrator narrates
how her sister helped her through her flirtatious ways, “Victoria fed us by going from bodega to
bodega, flirting with guys behind the counters, acquiring cold cuts and day-old potato salad or
coleslaw, which we ate with plastic spoons.” These admissions reminded the narrator how her
sister, although seemed distraught at the moment, was caring to her. She even admits it when she
states “So sometimes Victoria and her shenanigans were profitable to me.”
These admissions come later on in the narration when Eleanor reminisces all the
‘good times’ she spent with her sister as kids when they shared a room and talked when they ran
the city in the dead of night. These memories made Eleanor whisper, “I miss you” (Hubbard pg
50), a blatant act of compassion towards her sister.
During her 10-day stay at Bellevue, Eleanor seemingly grew attached to Hamlet.
She was aware of the cat’s annoying ways but continued ...