Source: Official Guide Revised GRE 1st Ed. Part 4; Set 6; #8

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The author of the passage suggests which of

The author of the passage suggests which of the following about Hamlet? Many critics of Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights see its second part as a counter point that comments on, if it does not reverse, the first part, where a romantic reading receives more confirmation. Seeing the two parts as a whole is encouraged by the line novel’s sophisticated structure, revealed in its complex use of narrators and time shifts. 5 Granted that the presence of these elements need not argue for an authorial awareness of novelistic construction comparable to that of Henry James, their presence does encourage attempts to unify the novel’s heterogeneous parts. However, any interpretation that seeks to unify all of the novel’s diverse elements is bound to be somewhat unconvincing. This is not because such an interpretation necessarily stiffens into a thesis 10 (although rigidity in any interpretation of this or of any novel is always a danger), but because Wuthering Heights has recalcitrant elements of undeniable power that, ultimately, resist inclusion in an all-encompassing interpretation. In this respect, Wuthering Heights shares a feature of Hamlet. Hamlet has usually attracted critical interpretations that tend to stiffen into theses., Hamlet has elements that are not amenable to an all-encompassing critical interpretation., Hamlet is less open to an all-encompassing critical interpretation than is Wuthering Heights.

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Rajesh John

So, what I understand from Line 9 - This is not ..... interpretation. "An all encompassing interpretation of Hamlet may not necessarily stiffens in to thesis."
Option A, says - Hamlet usually attracts interpretations which usually stiffens in to thesis. Thus A is wrong.

Apr 5, 2017 • Comment

Adam

Hi John,

The key is here:

"Wuthering Heights has recalcitrant elements of undeniable power that, ultimately, resist inclusion in an all-encompassing interpretation. In this respect, Wuthering Heights shares a feature of Hamlet."

We know that "all-encompassing interpretations" tend to be rigid / stiffen into theses. Since Hamlet resists such interpretations, it does not attract interpretations that tend to stiffen in to theses.

Apr 5, 2017 • Reply

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Oct 6, 2012 • Comment

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