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... I have a Hamlet exam on the 20th of January and my revision - well I'm trying!!! So I am using this as an aid to remind myself about the play and the characters and also give you all a review of the play! Well obviously my reason for reading this play in the first place is for my exam, ... Read review
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enduring but also enigmatic pieces of western
literature. The story of Hamlet, the young Prince
of Denmark, his tortured relationship with his
mother, and his quest to avenge his father's
murder at the hand of his brother Claudius has
fascinated writers and audiences ever since it was
written around 1600.  For many years interest
focused on both Hamlet's inability to avenge his
father's death, claiming that "the native hue of
resolution / Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast
of thought", and, according to none other than
Freud, his oedipal fixation with his mother.
However, more recently critics have turned their
attention to Hamlet's bold theatrical
self-reflexivity (most famously reflected in the
performance of "The Mousetrap"), its fascination
with issues of theology and Renaissance humanism,
and its dense, complex poetic language. What is so
remarkable about the play is the way in which it
tends to uncannily reflect the concerns of
different epochs. As a result, Hamlet has been at
different moments defined as a romantic rebel, an
angst-ridden existentialist, a paralysed
intellectual and an ambivalent New Man. Whatever
subsequent generations make of Hamlet, they are
unlikely to exhaust the possibilities of this most
extraordinary play. --Jerry Brotton

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To be or not to be? Not to be personally!

AdvantagesThe last production had David Tennant as Hamlet!

DisadvantagesReading and analysing can be painful and lengthy!

"...tool too.. I have a Hamlet exam on the 20th of January and my revision - well I'm trying!!! So I am using this as an aid to remind myself about the play and the characters and also give you all a review of the play! Well obviously my reason for reading this play in the first place is for my exam, because I am not going to lie to you I would not have read this under normal circumstances.. I'm not sure anyone would! Well someone must because it is ..." Read review
19.01.2009

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Community Level 2Baskin

Baskin

The Play's the Thing.

AdvantagesA superb play.

DisadvantagesIt may take a bit of effort if you are new to Shakespeare.

"...Main Characters. The ghost of King Hamlet of Denmark. The Prince Hamlet, his son. Claudius, King Hamlet’s brother, who murdered him for the crown and his widow. Gertrude, widow of the late king, now wife to Claudius. Polonius, the court chamberlain. Ophelia his daughter, who drowns herself when Hamlet rejects her. Laertes, her brother, who comes to hate Hamlet. They kill each other in the last scene. Horatio, Hamlet’s friend, and the only ..." Read review
02.12.2003

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An Artistic Failure?

AdvantagesThe best play ever written

DisadvantagesUm, Hamlet is the prince of my dreams

"Hamlet by William Shakespeare Far from being an "artistic failure" as my favourite poet T. S. Eliot describes it, Hamlet is my favourite play of all time. Perhaps the best thing about this masterpiece, in addition to Shakespeare's very well-known mastery of language and fantastic characterization, remains to be how it raises an endless number of questions. And, contrary to what one might expect, the more you read it, the more questions you end ..." Read review
17.05.2008

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loz989

Help, more Shakespeare

AdvantagesLots to write about

DisadvantagesVery long

"...women in Hamlet? William Shakespeare wrote Hamlet in 1603. Hamlet is a play of its time in the presentation of female characters. There are only two women in Hamlet. Gertrude, Hamlets mother, and Ophelia, Hamlets lover, the daughter of Polonius. Hamlet was written in the Elizabethan period, in this time many women were confined to the domestic sphere, they were often unhappy, oppressed, and commonly abused by tyrannical husbands. With Elizabeth ..." Read review
02.04.2004

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To be or not to be ....

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"...of all Shakespearean characters, and Hamlet himself has more words in this play than any other Shakespeare character. It’s one of the most performed of his plays, and is one of the most quoted plays – I’m sure we’ve all heard ‘To be, Or not to be …’ even if perhaps not all have us have read Hamlet. Hamlet is a tragedy, and the main themes are revenge and death – in the play, we get to see the feelings of five sons who have lost their fathers through ..." Read review
11.08.2007

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Type Play
Title Hamlet
Author William Shakespeare
ISBN 333374320
EAN 9780333374320

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