THE TRAGEDY OF HAMLET
Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:02 PM
Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:04 PM
I am already insane, no problem, anyway I haven't finished Hamlet yet, although I have seen it on stage. I'd like to see more Shakespeare, think it was well picked, well done
I love Shakespeare...there will b more of his work in the book club..
Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:10 PM
Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:14 PM
Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:20 PM
All artists take influence from those who came before it's normal, it is how we learn. Do you mean immitating or copying? And do you have names of who?
i'll do a small research and conduct some resources and answer u before friday
Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:25 PM
Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:28 PM
anyway I have seen Hamlet on Tv and did not like the story. The story would have been great if Shakespeare focused on the mother character.
I really think female characters are all weak in Shakespeare plays....
Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:44 PM
Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:47 PM
that's what i asked u for in the request section... do u have any books or document or even just quotations stating their arguments as why they say he is an immitator
come on shakspear is not that good , he was just imetating
i'll really apreciate if u help me with this
Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:09 PM
I will try to read Elisabeth and give him a second chance...
What about the lord of the rings I mean the three books...all or nothing .gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
Posted 26 February 2009 - 10:41 PM
What about the lord of the rings I mean the three books...all or nothing .gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
yes sis, by tomorrow I will post this week's book..
Posted 02 March 2009 - 04:03 PM
Posted 03 March 2009 - 12:11 AM
Claudius : king of Denmark
Hamlet : son to the late,and nephew to the present king
Polonius : lord Chamberlian
Horatio : friend to Hamlet
Laertes : son of polonius
Guildenstern, : Courtiers
A Gentelman ,
Reynaldo : servent to polonius
Two Clowns, grave-diggers
Fortinbras : prince of Norway
Gertrude : Queen of Danmark,and mother to Hamlet
Ophelia : daughter to polonius
Ghost of Hamlet's father.
Posted 03 March 2009 - 12:36 AM
Queen Gertrude: Within one month of losing her beloved King Hamlet, the widowed Queen Gertrude hastily married her dead husband's own brother, Claudius. Gertrude's disloyalty to King Hamlet and her incestuous lust for Claudius galls Prince Hamlet, Gertrude's son, and spurs his need for vengeance. Hamlet scorns his mother and denounces women as frail, inconstant, and deceitful. Though he chastises Gertrude, Hamlet resolves not to harm his mother. Her own guilty conscience and heaven's judgment are punishment enough for betraying her noble husband with his foul brother. Hamlet instructs his mother to abstain from his uncle's incestuous bed and discloses his actual sanity to her. Queen Gertrude breaks the news that Ophelia has drowned and offers an eerie eyewitness account. During the rigged fencing competition, the Queen toasts her son's good fortune. Drinking from Claudius' poisoned chalice, she falls to the floor, dead.
Polonius: A distinguished lord who acts as the King's principal advisor. Polonius has a habit of making long-winded speeches and his main activity is spying. Father to Laertes and Ophelia, he is concerned about the reputation of his son and the chastity of his daughter. Polonius urges his son to depart for Paris, yet he detains Laertes with an extensive list of paternal instructions. The suspicious father even instructs his servant Reynaldo to spy on Laertes in Paris and to report on his son's behavior. Concerning Ophelia, Polonius warns his daughter that her youthful suitor Hamlet is untrustworthy and lustful. He instructs his daughter to treat Hamlet coldly, to distrust his vows of love, and to avoid his company. Polonius tries to persuade the King that an unsatisfied lust for Ophelia has caused the Prince's madness. He plants his daughter in Hamlet's path and hides with King Claudius to spy on their fixed encounter. When that set-up proves unconvincing, Polonius decides to spy on a private conversation between mother and son in Queen Gertrude's chamber. Polonius hides behind an arras (curtain) and yelps when Hamlet's rage endangers the Queen. Thinking the spy is King Claudius, Hamlet plunges his sword through the curtain and kills Polonius. Hamlet hides the lord's body. When the corpse is finally found, it is buried in 'hugger-mugger' fashion without ceremony, a dishonor that greatly enrages Laertes.
Laertes: Son of Polonius and brother to Ophelia. In town for King Claudius' recent coronation, Laertes begs leave to return to Paris. Bound for France, Laertes advises Ophelia to maintain her chastity and to disregard Hamlet's courtship. Polonius delays Laertes' departure with long-winded advice and he employs a spy to investigate Laertes' reputation in Paris. To avenge Polonius' murder, Laertes storms back to Denmark with a mutinous rabble of supporters. King Claudius calms his vengeance by arranging a rigged fencing competition through which the expert swordsman Laertes may murder Hamlet with a poisoned blade. The fixed sport turns into a royal massacre. Both Laertes and Hamlet are mortally wounded by the poisoned sword. They make peace with one another and die.
Ophelia: A chaste maiden who is Polonius' daughter and Hamlet's love interest. Acting on her father's strict advice, Ophelia rejects Hamlet's love poems and passionate courtship. Because Prince Hamlet is a lusty youth who is also royalty, Polonius argues that Hamlet's love for Ophelia cannot be sincere. Both Polonius and Laertes, her brother, advise Ophelia to guard her virginity against Hamlet's dishonorable intentions. When Prince Hamlet becomes mad, Polonius contends that his insanity is a love sickness rooted in Ophelia's rejection. Polonius and Claudius spy on a rigged meeting between the two former sweethearts. Denouncing unchaste women, Hamlet madly advises Ophelia to become a celibate nun. The woeful maiden loses her own sanity when Hamlet murders her father and Polonius is denied a proper court burial. The deranged maiden sings wildly, plays on a lute, and distributes symbolic flowers. Gertrude delivers the shocking news that Ophelia has drowned. Hanging garlands from a willow tree, the demented girl plunged into the river below. Suicide is suspected, but she is given a Christian burial by a suspicious priest. Hamlet and Laertes both jump into her open grave, wretched at her loss but ready to fight one another.
Prince Hamlet: The gloomy young Prince who constantly wavers between vengeance and suicide. Hamlet's melancholy is initially the result of his mother's hasty and disloyal marriage to Claudius, her late husband's brother. When young Hamlet learns from his father's ghost that Claudius murdered him, the young Prince swears vengeance. He pledges to treat his mother harshly, but to refrain from harming her. As part of his revenge plot, Hamlet pretends to have lost his sanity. The mad Prince stages 'The Mousetrap' play to judge Claudius' guilt. He kills the spy, Polonius, and drives Ophelia to insanity. Escaping death, Hamlet intercepts a treacherous letter from Claudius, which orders his execution. Forging a new letter, Hamlet orders the King of England to execute Rosencrantz and Guildenstern instead. Plagued by gloominess and self-hatred, Hamlet often contemplates suicide and berates himself for delaying his vengeance. Compared to the fiercely active Fortinbras, Hamlet feels like an idle loser. Set-up by Claudius and Laertes, Hamlet is slain in a fencing competition by Laertes' poisoned rapier. Before he dies, however, Hamlet slashes Claudius with the same blade and finally kills him.
Horatio: Hamlet's school companion from Wittenberg. Horatio is a wise scholar and a true friend in whom Prince Hamlet regularly confides. Visiting Denmark for King Hamlet's funeral, Horatio is invited by the Elsinore guards to their nighttime watch. Horatio witnesses the roaming spirit of King Hamlet and informs Prince Hamlet of his father's unsettled soul. During 'The Mousetrap' play, Horatio confirms Hamlet's perception of Claudius' guilt. Against Horatio's advice, Hamlet participates in the fatal fencing tournament arranged by Claudius. As Hamlet lays dying, Horatio pledges to tell the world of Hamlet's tragic story.
Prince Fortinbras: The hotheaded Prince of Norway who sets out to reclaim his father's land from Denmark. In the past, old King Fortinbras challenged King Hamlet to a battle over disputed territory, with the mutual agreement that the loser's land would be forfeited to the winner. King Hamlet slew Fortinbras and, according to their deal, Denmark justly assumed old Fortinbras' lands. At the beginning of the play, young Fortinbras has vengefully gathered a rabble of fighters to challenge Denmark and to recover his father's land. Young Fortinbras' sickly uncle is the new King of Norway. He mistakes Prince Fortinbras' movements on Denmark as legitimate actions against Poland. Learning of Fortinbras' disobedient conduct from King Claudius' Danish ambassadors, Norway forces Prince Fortinbras to end all ventures against Denmark. Young Fortinbras agrees to peace and Claudius graciously grants Fortinbras' army safe passage through Denmark on its way to fight Poland. Compared with the active and warring Fortinbras, Hamlet feels idle and cowardly. Fortinbras' army returns victorious from Poland and passes through Denmark during the royal massacre. Hamlet uses his dying voice to support Fortinbras as the next elected monarch of Denmark.
Posted 03 March 2009 - 01:10 AM
Ghost of King Hamlet: The unsettled spirit of Denmark's late king. The Ghost appears at midnight, stalking the royal grounds in the armor King Hamlet wore during his battles with Fortinbras. The phantom king remains silent until Prince Hamlet urges him to speak. Revealing that Claudius murdered King Hamlet by pouring poison in his ear, the wandering spirit begs young Hamlet to avenge his father's foul murder. The ghost appears again during Hamlet's confrontation with Queen Gertrude. He scolds Hamlet for delaying his vengeance.
Reynaldo: Polonius' servant who is sent to Paris to spy on Laertes. Polonius instructs Reynaldo to paint Laertes as a loose, drunken, quarreling youth to see if the Frenchmen will confirm his base character or argue for his better reputation.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: Former friends of Prince Hamlet whom King Claudius employs to spy on Hamlet. Claudius hopes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern will discover the cause of Hamlet's recent madness and despair. Prince Hamlet is suspicious of his false friends. He accuses the double-dealing Guildenstern of manipulating him as a musician does his instrument. Hamlet compares Rosencrantz to a sponge soaked in the King's favor, which is soon to be sucked dry. When King Claudius orders Hamlet to sail to England, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are sent as escorts. Aboard the ship, Prince Hamlet intercepts a letter from Claudius, which orders the King of England to execute Hamlet. Spoiling Claudius' treacherous plan, Hamlet forges a new letter, naming the spies Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as those condemned to die. Ambassadors from England arrive in Denmark following the royal massacre with news for Claudius: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead.
Barnardo: Marcellus' partner on guard duty who relieves Francisco at midnight. For two nights in a row, Barnardo and Marcellus have witnessed the wandering spirit. Barnardo recognizes the ghost as the spirit of King Hamlet.
Marcellus: Barnardo's partner on guard-duty who has witnessed the phantom king's nightly roaming. He invites Horatio to the watch, hoping that the scholar will confirm their visions and be able to speak with the spirit.
Valtemand and Cornelius: Ambassadors whom Claudius dispatches to Norway. They deliver a letter to the sickly King of Norway, which reveals young Fortinbras' concealed actions against Denmark. Upon their return, Valtemand informs Claudius that the King of Norway has agreed to suppress his nephew's unauthorized challenges. Valtemand reports also that Fortinbras requests peaceful passage through Denmark in order to execute his actions against Poland.
Osric: The irksome courtier who officiates at the doomed fencing tournament. Hamlet despises Osric and tells Horatio that the courtier is a rich and flattering oaf. Claudius sends Osric to invite Hamlet to the duel. He informs the Prince that Claudius has wagered a high sum on his victory over Laertes. Osric judges the hits during the tournament and finally breaks the news that Fortinbras has arrived in Denmark from Poland.
Two Clowns: Grave-digging peasants who delight in puns and double-talk. The clowns dig Ophelia's grave and speculate that her death was a suicide. Hamlet questions them in vain about the identity of the grave's intended occupant. Tossing up unearthed skulls, one gravedigger hands Hamlet the skull of the old court jester, Yorrick.
Players: A troupe of actors that Hamlet admired in the city arrives in Denmark. Pushed out of the theaters by newly popular companies of boy-actors, the troupe has resorted to traveling performances. Hamlet hires the players to perform 'The Mousetrap' before the royal audience. Mirroring Claudius' assassination of King Hamlet, the play depicts the murder of Duke Gonzago in Vienna by the villain Lucianus. Like Claudius, the player Lucianus pours poison into the Duke's ear and marries his widow, Baptista. Just as Hamlet planned, the play goads Claudius' conscience and convinces Hamlet of his uncle's guilt.