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There is something evil in Denmark


There is something evil in Denmark. A beginner's guide to HAMLET. Why do we love Hamlet? ... HAMLET Prince of Denmark. Son of Gertrude and the former King Hamlet ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: There is something evil in Denmark

There is something evil in Denmark
  • A beginners guide to HAMLET

Why do we love Hamlet?
  • Hamlet the character is one of the most
    well-known characters of all literature.
  • Hamlet confuses us with his behaviors and
    reactions to the on-goings of the Court of
  • This is an age-old story of revenge and lust for
    power, among others
  • We still have not a clue as to who Hamlet really
    is is he mad, or mad in craft?
  • Shakespeare wrote plays like Hamlet to give
    histories of events that have already
    occurred-twas the tradition of Elizabethan
    theater (Queen Elizabeth preferred it that way.

HAMLET Prince of Denmark
  • Son of Gertrude and the former King Hamlet
  • Rightful heir to the throne overthrown by evil
    uncle Claudius
  • May or may not have loved Ophelia (crazy in love
    or just crazy)
  • Avenges father for his murder
  • To be or not to be, that is the question

King Claudius
  • Brother to elder Hamlet and now
    wife/sister-in-law to Gertrude
  • Is scared of what may happen if the younger
    Hamlet gets in his way of the throne
  • Can be seen as one of Hamlets foils (a
    complimentary yet different character)

Ghost (King Hamlet?)
  • The Ghost is the catalyst for the rest of the
  • Does Hamlet really see the ghost, or is it a
    figment of his imagination?
  • Only shows himself to certain people (Hamlet, the
    men on guard and Horatio)
  • What assumptions did Elizabethan audiences have
    about ghosts when the play was performed?
  • How did these assumptions affect their viewing?

  • King Hamlets wife and young Hamlets mother
  • Remarries brother-in-law quickly after her
    husbands death and seems unaffected by the loss
    by telling her son to mourn no longer, but rather
    rejoice for her happiness repeated times

  • Hamlets only ally in the entire play
  • Sees the ghost of his father and alerts him of
    the sighting
  • Valiant and brave understands Hamlets internal
    turmoil and does his best to assist
  • Tells of Hamlets story at the end good night
    sweet prince

  • Better known as Hamlets girlfriend (or was
  • Father is Polonius and brother to Laertes, who
    avenges Poloniuss accidental death
  • Goes crazy, for good reason, when he former lover
    kills Polonius in rage (he thinks Polonius is
    Claudius-tiny mistake really)
  • Brings about Elizabethan culture into play with
    flowers and songs about death and memory

Themes of the play
  • Revenge
  • Lust for power
  • Psychological turmoil and rest
  • Evil versus good
  • Action versus reservation
  • Corruption and deception
  • What else??

  • Shakespeares Hamlet is a play that is very open
    to interpretation-how many different ones are
  • We may never know who Hamlet truly is, but that
    does not stop us from trying.
  • Where else have we found stories like this in
    history? Can we make correlations to modern day
  • Why do you think Hamlet is so popular?
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