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Title: Hamlet


1
Hamlet
  • By William Shakespeare

2
Setting
  • Story is set in Denmark
  • North of Germany
  • West of Sweden and Norway
  • Year is 1050

3
It is a play about fathers and sons
  • Prince Hamlet and his late father, King Hamlet
  • Polonius and Laertes
  • Fortinbras (Prince of Norway) and Old Fortinbras

4
About Hamlet
  • Active and Contemplative (takes action, but is
    also a thinker)
  • Educated
  • About 30 years old
  • Worries about the good of his country, Denmark

5
Revenge Tragedy
  • At its most basic level, Hamlet is a revenge
    tragedy.
  • Hamlet wants revenge on his Uncle Claudius for
    murdering his father and quickly marrying his
    mother.

6
Revenge Tragedy
  • However, Queen Elizabeth had passed anti-revenge
    laws, so literature and plays had to follow the
    Elizabethan laws.

7
Revenge Tragedy
  • To comply, Shakespeare made Hamlet an
    anti-revenge revenge tragedy by killing Hamlet at
    the end
  • this shows the audience that revenge is not
    acceptable, and that you could die in the process
    of getting revenge.

8
7 Conventions of Revenge Tragedy
  • Revenge for the death or ruination of a family
    member.
  • Hesitation of Hero
  • Use of real and/or feigned (fake) madness
  • Presence of a scheming villain

9
Continued
  • 5. Use of philosophic soliloquies
  • 6. Sensational use of horrors (murder on stage,
    dead bodies)
  • 7. Clever killings

10
Tragic Hero
  • Hero must undergo enlightenment by end of the
    play usually brings death
  • Hero has a tragic flaw he has the potential to
    be good, but is overcome with negative influences
    or thoughts

11
Foils to Hamlet
  • A foil is a secondary character who contrasts
    with a major character
  • 1. Hamlet Polonius
  • Clever Wit Thick Headed

12
Foils cont
  • Hamlet Claudius
  • Honesty Dishonesty
  • Hamlet Gertrude
  • Displays Decency Displays Impropriety

13
Foils
  • Hamlet Ophelia
  • Emotional Strength Emotional Weakness
  • Hamlet Fortinbras
  • Man of thought Man of action

14
Foils Last one!
  • Hamlet Laertes
  • Has Scruples Unscrupulous
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