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Hamlet - An Introduction

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Ann Bruno

on 19 September 2013

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Transcript of Hamlet - An Introduction

"Frailty, thy name is woman!"
What do we know?
Hamlet - An Introduction
"Neither a borrower nor a lender be."
"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."
"Though this be madness, yet there is method in't."
"Brevity is the soul of wit."
"Get thee to a nunnery."
"Sweets to the sweet!
"Good night, sweet Prince"
To be or not to be...
Who's there?
What is Hamlet about?
Identity
Fathers
unrequited love
Appearance vs. Reality
Ghosts
the theatre
Procrastination
Guilt
Flesh and blood
words
nature
madness
action
spying
being
- read aloud when possible
TIPS FOR READING SHAKESPEARE...
- underline key phrases
- write down questions
- take good margin notes
- think about who these character are
- have fun
sons
sisters and brothers
mothers
the psyche
“Overfamiliar yet always unknown, the enigma of Hamlet is emblematic of the greater enigma of Shakespeare himself: a vision that is everything and nothing, a person who was…everyone and no one, an art so infinite that it contains us, and will go on enclosing those likely to come after us.”

— Harold Bloom, in the introduction to Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human
Hamlet, Act I, scene 1
...death, the undiscovered country
from whose bourn no traveller returns, puzzles the will and makes us rather bear those ills we have than fly to others that we know not of. Thus conscience does make cowards of us all...
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