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An Introductory Presentation Designed to Confound and Confuse

Katharine James

on 16 April 2013

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Transcript of Hamlet

The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark:
a play in five acts by William Shakespeare. a type of play in which the hero and those connected to him...die. meet the people of Hamlet: our hero Old King Hamlet:
the unfortunately deceased Gertrude:
our esteemed Queen Claudius:
unfortunately our uncle Ophelia:
Hamlet's unfortunate girlfriend Laertes:
a student, like Hamlet Polonius:
Adviser to the King Horatio:
Hamlet's best bud Rosencrantz and Guildenstern:
psuedo-friends of Hamlet *the character is indeed one of the most enigmatic of all Shakespeare's characters
*Is he a man of excessive melancholy?
*Is he ambitious?
*Is he just highly intellectual?
As we progress through the play, consider what drives Hamlet. What makes him do what he...does not? Act 1:
*Has to get the ball rolling.
What does Shakespeare do to grab and hold our attention?
*Has to introduce the main characters.
Who are our main characters? What do you make of them?
*Pay close attention to Claudius's big speech, Hamlet's interaction with him, Hamlet's first soliloquy, the Polonious family at play. Act 2:
*Has to further character development and advance the plot.
*The idea of spying is presented in Act 1. How is it continued in this act? Who are our biggest spies.?
*The character of Polonius sees a bit of advancement. Pay attention to how this is done. What sort of man is Polonius?
*The character of Hamlet is also advanced. What is happening to him? What is making this happen?
*At the end of Act 1, the ghosts asks Hamlet to get revenge. What reasons does Hamlet give for not taking action? How does he avoid taking action?
*We also see Hamlet interact with new characters. This time we see him with Polonius and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Pay attention to how he is able to play with words.
*Play within a play plotline gets introduced.
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