What were some of the themes?
Describe the characters.
A play within a play?
A poem within the play? Poetry
'To the celestial and my soul's idol, the most beautified Ophelia,'—
'In her excellent white bosom, these, &c.'
'Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
'O dear Ophelia, I am ill at these numbers;
I have not art to reckon my groans: but that
I love thee best, O most best, believe it. Adieu.
'Thine evermore most dear lady, whilst
this machine is to him, HAMLET.'
To be or not to be, that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles...
On the page, we see the iambic pentameter lines, but when listenened to on stage it sounds closer to a ballad with the old 4-beat rhythm.
Syntax and Vocabulary in Hamlet
Exercise on socrative.com (Socrative/Student App) Voc/Syntax in Hamlet
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Discussion on the various problems met while reading Hamlet
First in small groups:
Prepare a 2-3 minute presentation of the problems encountered.
As a class:
Look at the recurring problems
Look for solutions using the Web
Reliability of sources:
Discussion of the various sources given on the author and the play
Watch video on metaphores in Shakespeare
Social and Religious reflections in the play
Source of stories:
Translating Elizabethan EnglishPage: a guide on how to translate/understand Elizabethan English
Formative quiz (Socrative.com or Moodle) on Elizabethan English (Language in Macbeth)
Read the excerpt of Lady Macbeth talking to Macbeth:
Art thou afeard
To be the same in thine own act and valour,
As thou art in desire? Would'st thou have that
Which thou esteem'st the ornament o f life,
And live a coward in thine own esteem,
Letting "I dare not” wait upon "I would,”
Like the poor cat i'th'adage? 1.7.39-45
Translate into Modern English.
Verify meaning with:
and Research Arthur Conan Doyle and the Victorian era