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Hamlet

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Transcript of Hamlet

The Human Story
Love
Betrayal
Lying
Revenge
Depression
The Political Story
Revenge
Conquest
War
Egos
Succession
Denmark: Once a great empire
Norway: Also a great empire
In Act I: What is the political situation between the two countries?
The Tragedy of
HAMLET
Prince of Denmark
Ophelia's Beau
Dead father
Hates uncle
Angry at mother
Psychological minefield
Claudius
Hamlet's Uncle
King of Denmark
OUR SETTING:
ELSINORE CASTLE
The Ghost:

Demon?
Angel?
The dead returning?

Why is he here?
Is it political?
Is it personal?

Fortinbras
"Strong arms"
Prince of Norway
NORWAY
Old Norway
Fortinbras' Uncle
Think of him like...
Claudius, making young Fortinbras into Hamlet
Son of Polonius
Ophelia's Brother
Student
Disappears until the end of IV
Laertes
Polonius
King's advisor
Very connected
Sneaky
Sneaky
Bumbling
Talks too much
Never says anything
Sneaky
Ophelia
Hamlet's lover
Daughter of Polonius
Virgin?
Revenge
Suicide
"TO BE OR NOT TO BE...
THAT IS THE QUESTION."
The Royal Court
Dramatis Personae
Danish Royals
Royal Court
Norway
Others
Monarchy:
Mono + Archy
"Rule by one individual"

Denmark is an Elected Monarchy:
King dies
Election by a moot.
Why isn't Hamlet King?
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Hamlet's friends from childhood
Are they still friends?
What are their motives?
Are they villains?
~Fin~
The Globe Theater
Shakespeare's Theater
Held 3,000 people
Often mentioned in plays
Groundlings
Hazelnuts
Very few directions
Exit
Exeunt
Omnia Exeunt
They fight
Dies
Reads
Stage Directions
The Rules of Interpreting Shakespeare
1. You can delete scenes
2. You can delete characters
3. You can delete entire acts
4. You can add silent characters
5. You can even take lines and give them to other characters.
6. Give it whatever setting you want (especially comedies)
7. You CANNOT add your own lines.
Married to Hamlet's Mother
Popular
Evil
Manipulative
Main Character
Melancholy
Choleric
College Student
Aristotle's Classical Unities:

The unity of action: a play should have one main action that it follows, with no or few subplots.

The unity of place: a play should cover a single physical space and should not attempt to compress geography, nor should the stage represent more than one place.

The unity of time: the action in a play should take place over no more than 24 hours.
Shakespeare breaks all rules.
Tried to follow this rule:
If you walk off stage at the end of a scene, you can't walk back on at the beginning of the next scene.
The Rule about Walking Off Stage
Before we get to the main story,
here's the story no one ever gets
The Danish Royal Family
Gertrude
Hamlet's mother
The king's new wife
How smart is she?
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