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HAMLET

SHAKESPEARE'S PLAY
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Paolo Torreano

on 25 April 2015

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Transcript of HAMLET

William Shakespeare
HAMLET
A SHAKESPEARE'S PLAY
KING CLAUDIUS
Polonius
Ophelia


Queen Gertrude
Laertes
Hamlet
The story is set in ELSINORE CASTLE in Denmark, and also in England
SETTING
Where...?
When...?
It probably takes place in the
FIRST HALF of 11th CENTURY
How Long...?
It begins some months after King's Hamlet murder and continues for more than two months
Main CHARACTER'S ANTAGONIST
FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS
King CLAUDIUS
Gertrude's new husband
Old Hamlet's brother
Hamlet's uncle
He murders his brother in order to seize the throne
and then he
marries GERTRUDE
King CLAUDIUS
CHARACTER'S ASPECTS
Astute
At the BEGINNING
As the play goes on
Fond of the pleasure of the drinking
Fond of the pleasure of the sex
Fond of the pleasure of the flesh
Guilty of Murder
Usurpation
Incest
Division between Hamlet's love and devotion to her father
Madness
Suicide
Feminism
He was born on 23 April 1564
He wrote Hamlet between 1599 and 1602
She's Polonius' daughter and Hamlet's love
Why...?
CURIOSITY CORNER
to LEARN MORE...
Claudius decides to send Hamlet to England because...
...in XI century Danish King governed both England and Norway
Who is King CLAUDIUS...?
He' s chief conselor of the king and father of Laertes and Ophelia.
Check on Hamlet's madness
Killed by Hamlet
Son of Polonius and Ophelia's brother
Probably grown up with Hamlet, but he is the opposite: he acts without thinking
Loyal to his family: he tries to avenge his father's death and to protect Ophelia
He is a good character on the wrong side
Conniving
Villain
Ambitious
Corrupt Politician
character :
DOUBT
WORD
PHILOSOPHICAL
ENIGMA
OEDIPUS
SEXUALITY
MADNESS
Driven by his lust for power
THEMES
EXISTENTIAL PROBLEM :

MADNESS
IMPOSSBILITY OF CERTAIN ( APPARENCE VS REALITY )
ACTION AND INACTION ( THE COMPLEXITY OF ACTION )
MORTALITY ( MISTERY OF DEATH )
Astute
NEW THEORIES

Ophelia and her sexual passion
for modern feminist
Able to manipolate
HOW SHE DIED
RARELY
Human feeling
Love Gertrude
The Power of THEATRE
CURIOSITY CORNER
to LEARN MORE...
used by SHAKESPEARE
" ... a play in a play ... "
Stage Device
The Murder of GONZAGO
Claudius, is shocked..
POISON
CURIOSITY CORNER
to LEARN MORE...
Double Meaning
" ... the whole ear of Denmark ... "
is " ... rantly abused. "
IV 36-38
INTRIGUE
Elsinore is full of Political
INTRIGUE
1° Murder of Old HAMLET
3° CLAUDIUS
INCEST
2° Polonius spies everyone
Laertes
Ophelia
Fortinbras
she remarried because
of her desire for affection
and because she loves
to be happy
Rosencratz and Guilderstern
Poison Hamlet
according to Hamlet she married for mere passion without judgement
she scarcely mourned the late king and she married with Claudius neither two months after her husband's death
she adapted to the circumstances of her husband's death for the good of Kingdom
she married quickly due to her tendency to use men to fufill her instinct of self-preservation
good of
her nature
frailty
Gertrude's sinful behaviour
is the main cause of Hamlet's internal dilemmma
she loves deeply
her son and would
see him happy
for a short moment she
sees the blackness of her
soul and feels genuine remorse
about her incestos marriage
she shows genuine
affection and
compassion
towards Ophelia
SOURCES :
www.sparknotes.com
www.cliffsnotes.com
www.gradesaver.com
www.wikipedia.org

Death in Hamlet
She appears right from the opening scene with the ghost;
The disorder starts by the "unnatural death" of Denmark's figurehead;
Life like a circle of human existence;
Brevity and futility of life;
The idea of suicide;
Curiosity
Polonius would
be the parody of Lord William Cecil;
This man was strange and unclear in life ( He was called '' The Fox ''.
The Polus, the latin's name of the scepter with Cecil is always represented, inspired Shakespeare to call Polonius in this way.
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