Hamlet

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Hamlet

  1. 1. … the most important playwright of London writes one of his masterpieces… Hamlet
  2. 2. <ul><li>Hamlet’s father, king of Denmark has just dead </li></ul><ul><li>His brother Claudius takes the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother </li></ul><ul><li>Horatio sees king Hamlet’s ghost and tells it to Hamlet </li></ul><ul><li>A night king’s ghost appears to Hamlet and tells him that Claudius murdered him, so Hamlet decides to avenge him </li></ul><ul><li>Hamlet pretends to be mad so Claudius and Gertrude give to Polonius the task of discovering the cause of his madness </li></ul><ul><li>Polonius attributes the cause of madness to Hamlet’s love for Ophelia, Polonius daughter </li></ul><ul><li>Hamlet tries to stage a play with a company of actors, in order to re-enact his father’s murder and determine Claudius guilt or innocence </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Claudius is disturbed to see that scene, so Hamlet decides to kill him </li></ul><ul><li>Gertrude asks to Hamlet the reason of his behaviour and he tells her the truth about his father’s death </li></ul><ul><li>Hamlet believing to kill Claudius murders Polonius while he is hidden </li></ul><ul><li>Ophelia goes mad for her father’s death and drowns in a river </li></ul><ul><li>At the Ophelia’s funeral procession her brother Laertes and Hamlet brave themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Laertes pierces Hamlet with a poisoned blade but is wounded by it himself </li></ul><ul><li>Gertrude drinks a poisoned wine and dies </li></ul><ul><li>Hamlet manages to kill Claudius and names Fortimbras as his heir </li></ul>
  4. 4. Hamlet Saga of Hrolf Kraki (Scandinavian) Vita Amlethi (Saxo) Ur-Hamlet (Thimas Kyd) Legend of Brutus (Roman)
  5. 5. <ul><li>1603 : Ling and Trundell’s “bad first Quarto” </li></ul><ul><li>1604 : Ling and Roberts’ second Quarto </li></ul><ul><li>1623 : Heminges and Condell’ s First Folio </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Focus on characters, not on action, using soliloquies </li></ul><ul><li>There’s no strong subplot </li></ul><ul><li>Play full of seeming discontinuities and irregularities of action </li></ul><ul><li>The play lasts much more than usual plays at that time (4hrs to 2hrs) </li></ul><ul><li>Courtly language (elaborate, witty discourse) </li></ul><ul><li>Great use of rhetoric (Hamlet’s the most skilled of all at rhetoric) </li></ul><ul><li>Presence of hendiadys </li></ul><ul><li>Great use of introspection, particularly in Hamlet’s soliloquies </li></ul>Language Dramatic structure
  7. 7. <ul><li>Mention of </li></ul><ul><li>Purgatory </li></ul><ul><li>Ophelia’s burial ceremony </li></ul><ul><li>Mention of Wittenberg </li></ul><ul><li>Belief that will of God controls everything </li></ul>Religion Catholic Protestant
  8. 8. <ul><li>The impossibility of certainty </li></ul><ul><li>The complexity of action </li></ul><ul><li>The mistery of death </li></ul><ul><li>The nation as a </li></ul><ul><li>diseased body </li></ul>Themes
  9. 9. Produced by Federico Indino & Max Facchini

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