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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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Community Level 6sottovoce82

sottovoce82

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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Community Level 4Amadahn

Amadahn

'Most foul, strange and unnatural'

AdvantagesBest play ever written

DisadvantagesLanguage might put some off

"...and of all Shakespearean characters, Hamlet has the most words to say. The main theme of the play is death, which is why the enduring image of Hamlet is of him holding up Yorick’s skull – a symbolic representation of humanity confronting death. In brief, Hamlet discovers that his recently deceased father was in fact murdered by his uncle who has married Hamlet’s mother and assumed the throne. Hamlet vows revenge but fails to take ..." Read review
03.03.2001

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Community Level 5GrUnGe_GaL

GrUnGe_GaL

SoMeThInG is RoTTeN in the StAtE of DeNmArK

AdvantagesIt broadens your mind

Disadvantagesit is better to study and read it because you will appreciate it more then

"...write an overall review of Hamlet as there are endless subjects and things to explain, but I will try and explain as much as I can. Also as we all know, there have been professers trying to explain the play, all their loves and there are chronicles written about this play, so forgive me, because I am aware of missing out lots of themes. As I am one of those 'sad' people that is obssessed with English Literature and absolutely love ..." Read review
01.02.2001

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Community Level 2Jackal123

Jackal123

Is Hamlet a real tragic hero

Advantagesgreat entertainment

Disadvantages?

"The Elizabethan play Hamlet is one of William Shakespeare's most popular works. One of the possible reasons for this play's popularity is the way Shakespeare uses the character Hamlet to exemplify the complex workings of the human mind. Hamlet is undoubtedly my favourite Shakespeare play and only recently I went to watch it performed at the theatre, with a few friends. Hamlet is a traditional Elizabethan revenge tragedy and a thrillingly entertaining ..." Read review
30.12.2002

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Community Level 3Medusa

Medusa

Hamlet should have been drowned at birth

AdvantagesA good psychological drama

DisadvantagesToo too long

"...are unfamiliar with the story, Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark, returned home from university due to the untimely death of his father, the noble king Hamlet the elder. Shortly after the funeral his mother, Gertrude, marries Claudius, brother of the dead king. This sends Hamlet into a 'slight' depression (spot the example of lytotes here). This depression is not helped when Hamlet meets the ghost of his father and is told that Claudius killed the king. ..." Read review
18.03.2001

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Community Level 2crapitoche

crapitoche

Femmelette

Advantageslots

Disadvantagesfew

"First, a quick summary. Hamlet is very sad, because his father, the King of Denmark, has just died. His mom remaries soon , with his uncle Claudius. He learns that his dad has been killed and must revenge. Thanks to some sub-plots, he finally succeeds and kills Claudius. I think it's a quite interesting name, Hamlet. Shakespeare did not create this story, it is a legend in Denmark. And there were other authors who wrote about it, but most of the ..." Read review
19.09.2001

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Community Level 2Amiolou

Amiolou

What is the significance of the ghost in the play?

AdvantagesShakespeare's best play and tragedy

DisadvantagesIt is one of the longest play in made

"Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet was written is 1600 and is one of many political and historical dramas of it time. It touches some instinctive nerves and feeling in most audiences. I will be looking at the ghost and the significance and importance it has to the play and the characters but also to a wide range of audiences, including both contemporary and Elizabethan. Shakespeare’s language seems archaic to some modern readers but this is the language ..." Read review
24.11.2003

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To be or not to be

Advantagesstunning language

Disadvantagesdifficult for some

"Hamlet is my favourite Shakespeare play of all time. I studied it for A Level, and then again on my degree, and it now sits proudly on my book-shelf. It begins with Prince Hamlet, overcome with grief at the death of his father the King of Denmark. As if that wasn't enough, Hamlet's dead father visits him from the grave to tell him he was killed by his brother Claudius, Hamelt's uncle. In a tale that would today be featured on Jerry Springer, Hamlet's ..." Read review
08.01.2009

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Hamlet by William Shakespeare:Wonderful Pyschological Analysis

AdvantagesBrillant insight of the human mind!! Easily transposed in modern context

DisadvantagesMight be difficult to read

"Hamlet remains the major psychological work of Shakespeare. In fact, a psychoanalyst Shakespearian fan will rejoice over the marvelous display of Freudian and Lacan theories, as well as the deep insights into the dark thoughts and contemplations which secretly arise even within the best of us. I personally believe that the character of Hamlet is the perfect depiction of a brilliantly troubled mind: “To Be or Not to Be” have become legendary words. ..." Read review
12.06.2009

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Community Level 3yingli.lim

yingli.lim

The Quintessence of Dust

Advantagesloads of issues that deal with life

Disadvantagesnone except that Hamlet starts to get a little irritating when he starts procrastinating...

"...of work in any time, Hamlet is truly all encompassing. Perhaps many have already read the play. Note the stage directions as you study the play or as you read it and bear in mind that Shakespeare often wrote hurridly for the entertainment of the Queen. What I like best about this play is that it is everything in nature and deals with all the social, political and even economical issues that may be relevant to us today. This is what makes Shakespeare's ..." Read review
14.12.2000

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Why all budding writers must read this book

AdvantagesStylish English literature

DisadvantagesToo deep at times

"...be or not to be,’ Hamlet Prince of Denmark is a work that should be read by all writers. Why, because it represents what was once in the world of literature and one can see how the written word has evolved in a century. It also shows you a different style and a different language. The plot is simple enough. Hamlet returns from schooling after his father dies and soon after that he learns from his father’s ghost that it was his stepfather ..." Read review
11.12.2001

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