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Background Arguably Shakespeare’s best play because of its accessibility Written around the turn of the seventeenth century (1600 or so) Teen angst! Only he’s thirty. Family issues Can’t make a decision Feels powerless over his own life
Background The story takes place at Castle Elsinore, Denmark Old King Hamlet, Hamlet’s father, has just died under sudden and mysterious circumstances Almost immediately afterward, Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius, took the throne and married Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude
Hamlet Tragic Hero- a character in literature that has a tragic flaw, which ultimately leads to his or her destruction Tragic Flaw (Hamartia)- characteristic ultimately leading to the tragic hero’s destruction
And Kingship! Who gets to be one? What makes a good one? What does it mean to truly have “kingship”?
Terms to know: Blank verse: Iambic Pentameter: Iambic Pentameter is the most common form of verse in the English Language. unrhymed, iambic pentameter verse of five feet per line, with stress on the second beat of each foot.
Log #1 Act 1 Scene 1: Comment on the “Who’s there?” scene—what mood is conveyed by the characters? What information do we find out and what seems strange about this? How would an audience be affected by this beginning? Why would Shakespeare begin his scene like this? Use specific lines to justify your response.
Citing Shakespearean Text: Poetry In the text: To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come In your paper: “To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub; / For in that sleep of death what dreams may come”
Citing Shakespearean Text: Prose In the text: There's another: why may not that be the skull of a lawyer? In your paper: “There's another: why may not that be the skull of a lawyer?”
If quoting more than three lines: Hamlet weighs life against suicide in his most famous soliloquy, 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… subsequently talking himself out of either decisive course.