• No Fear Shakespeare: Hamlet

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Laertes tells everything, and shouts "The king's to blame!" For the first time, Hamlet can kill the king and have people realize he was right. Hamlet stabs the king with the poisoned blade, then forces the poisoned beverage down his throat.

But themessage is ultimately one of hope.

You can be a hero. wrote that in a tragedy, the protagonistby definition learns something.
Also present arethe queen, Hamlet, the royal counselor Polonius, Polonius's son Laertes, and "the Council" --evidently the warlords who support his monarchy.


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A thirty-year-old man might still be a college student.
fake friendship; bad government is bad forthe country; despite what has happened to you, you can still be a hero).If you decide that the philosophical HakunaMatata ("Everything is fine") song is ironic,then the centraltheme of "The Lion King" is that life is by its naturefull of troubles and wrongs, and you find its meaning in what you do about it this fact.

For this reason, Aristotle's thoughts on tragedy (i.e., peopleare imperfect)really seem more useful in discussing Shakespeare than indiscussing Sophocles.In my course and here, my advice is the same -- focus on the human beings, the real-life, individual situations.

You'll need to decide that onefor yourself.

Rempe, Ph.D. on Stoppard and Hamlet.
-- under development
-- just getting started

-- including something about the "tragic hero" business

(I think"thirty" might be a mistake for "twenty".

The theme of the book and movie, which surely explains their popularity, is thatif parents don't attend to their children's needs to grow emotionally and mentally,someone else will.

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Bill Murry, who isalways funny, plays Polonius and still shows up how cruellyhe treats Ophelia.

The popular movie "Coraline" quotes Hamlet's speech, "What a piece of work..." when the heroine,who is neglected by her parents, is tempted with false promises of a richer and moremeaningful life.

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Videos: -- watch the entire NC-17 play
-- To be or not to be
-- frailty soliloque
-- introduction for children, well done
-- coward scene
-- To be or not to be
-- last scene
-- "quick and easy"
-- David Tennant / Patrick Stewart; watch the play; highly recommended
-- parody
-- To be or not to be
-- Hamlet and the Ghost
-- To be or not to be
-- To be or not to be
-- Hamlet and Laertes trade weapons
-- gravedigger scene
-- "Where is my father?"
-- Ophelia mad
-- hilarious
-- talks about his Hamlet

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Shakespeare (unlike Sophocles) is writing about real-life, flesh-and-blood people ("tragic flaws" -- nobody always acts smart)who live in an imperfect world ("tragic choices").