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Title: Introduction to Hamlet


1
Introduction to Hamlet
2
Themes in Hamlet
  • Appearance versus reality
  • Corruption, disease, and death
  • Parents and children
  • Justice and revenge

3
Themes in Hamlet (2)
  • Sanity and madness
  • Destiny and the purpose of life
  • Rights and duties of kingship

4
Basic Elements of a Revenge Tragedy
  • A hero has been violently wronged and is
    justified in seeking revenge.

5
Basic Elements of a Revenge Tragedy (2)
  • His revenge must be aimed at an opponent equal to
    him in power and cunning.

6
Basic Elements of a Revenge Tragedy (3)
  • There must be an atmosphere of gloom and terror
    usually with supernatural elements.

7
Basic Elements of a Revenge Tragedy (4)
  • A woman the hero loves must be involved in the
    action.

8
Basic Elements of a Revenge Tragedy (5)
  • A counterplot (or subplot) needs to be started by
    the antagonist to defend himself this will
    engulf the hero as he accomplishes his own
    vengeance.

9
Basic Elements of a Revenge Tragedy (6)
  • The hero achieves poetic justice on Earth and
    is punished by heaven for committing murder.

10
Elizabethan Belief in Ghosts
  • Spirits are unable to rest due to unfinished
    business on Earth.

11
Elizabethan Belief in Ghosts (2)
  • The devil is disguised as a human (or ghost) in
    order to trap us and damn us.

12
Elizabethan Belief in Ghosts (3)
  • Hallucinations
  • Signs of evil

13
Hamlet the character
  • Hamlet is the most complex character any
    playwright has ever placed on stage.

14
Interpretations of Hamlets Character
  • Ineffectual soul unable to take action
    (indecisive).

15
Interpretations of Hamlets Character (2)
  • (In the late 19th century) a manic depressive.

16
Interpretations of Hamlets Character (3)
  • Freudian analysis he desires to take his
    fathers place, feels guilt when his father
    suddenly dies, and resents his new surrogate
    father.

17
Interpretations of Hamlets Character (4)
  • A moral person who cannot bring himself to do
    what he knows is morally wrong.

18
The Four Humors (Bodily Fluids) and Hamlet
  • Black bile melancholy depressed (indecisive)
  • Choler - choleric - powerful

19
The Four Humors (Bodily Fluids) and Hamlet (2)
  • Yellow bile - sanguine friendly/popular
  • Phlegm - phlegmatic laid back

20
The Four Humors (Bodily Fluids) and Hamlet (3)
  • Hamlet is known as The Melancholic Prince.

21
Hamlet is Character is
Clever Polonius Thick-headed
Honest Claudius Dishonest
Displays decency Gertrude Displays impropriety
Emotionally strong Ophelia Emotionally weak
Man of thought Fortinbras Man of action
Has scruples Laertes Unscrupulous
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