Class 3

Class 3 (Cmap)



Discussion Hamlet

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.' 

Hamlet's Oedipus Complex

Iambic Pentameters

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/Student App) Voc/Syntax in Hamlet

Room Number 37bae156

 language in HamletFile

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:

 Research using Wikipedia and Google ScholarPage

 Article, Language in HamletURL

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

Modern Poetry

Leonard Cohen's 

 with Lyrics


with Lyrics

Source of stories:

Move resource Translating Elizabethan EnglishPage: a guide on how to translate/understand Elizabethan English 

Formative quiz ( or Moodle) on Elizabethan English (Language in Macbeth)

 Translate Lady Macbeth Quiz

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.

Reference tools: 

Web sites on Elizabethan English 




Verify meaning with: 

 Thesis on Language in MacbethFile


 language of Lady MacbethFile 


Read Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes' BioFile

and Research Arthur Conan Doyle and the Victorian era


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