I dunno. Ever had step-dragons? It makes better sense of you ever do...
Hamlet is one play by william Shakespeare that i totally liked
he as a great skill of writing great story i like macbeth and others also but there is something about hamlet that just attracts me very much perhaps i can feel hamlet or i don't know what but hamlet is my favorite shakespeare play.
I just got Branagh's DVD!!!!! eeep you know what I am doing tonight!
can i read books from this site? if yes how if no then what is this site for
Shakespeare, The nearest thing in incarnation to the eye of God...
i want to read this book and how can i do this?
You can read this play by buying it or borrowing it from your local library. Or, you might search for it via Google, and find an online copy. Shelfari does not house the text of novels, plays, poetry collections, etc.
Shakespeare's hard to understand if you're not willing to try. I'm only fourteen, so I decided Cliffnotes would be the most beneficial for me. I honestly think it's a great choice for everyone. Aside from elaborations of the story, it also tells you tidbits of history that fits in with it and will possibly alter you're thoughts of the subject. Also, Emilie Autumn (a famous musician) has a whole album dedicated to Ophelia. With all of her public affection to the Ophelia (a character in the plae), she also elaborates on the play as a whole in some of her interviews/discussions. That's also helped a lot. It won't teach you everything. However, it'll teach you everything on how to teach yourself.
The book is amazing .....I really LOVED it ,,,read it a long while ago and still whenever I read it ,I feel it is my first,,,,
Got something more to say about Hamlet than how much you liked it? Want to get into the nitty gritty of Horatio's role? Join the fledgling group: "Hamlet" and let's get some discussions going. If this is the advent of a new era in literary criticism, you want to be on the ground floor, Doctor Johnson....
In my opinion Hamlent is not the best of Shakespeare but is one of the most valuable philosophical book of him.
Madness has always been the greatest excuse if one wants to do or not to do, to say or not to say, anything that is expected of him by society. In our laws, there is such a thing as "legally insane" - like when a man kills his wife or his wife's lover or both when he catches them "in the act" And it has always been more effective and more accepted that way. But accepted or not, expected or not, effective or not - when we choose to do or not to do things, we will always be judged according to our intentions - and not according to the damage....
Its awesome, just read it..you will realise worth of this play after gpoing through it....just you have to commence then you will not leave play until completed...thats excellent
The Arden edition is of note not just for its excellent explanative footnotes, but for marking the various versions of the play that produce the extremely long and complex whole that is too often performed. Each versions of the play contained within this whole is a fascinating read, making a much less indecisive Hamlet, and a much more enjoyable "tale."
this character is most sympathetic because his indecision is not based on weakness, but on moral struggle. this is my favorite of shakespeare's. it is rich and exciting and tragic.
i love this book how much agony..... how much madness in this world?
I like Shakespeare books...
Shakespeare was a brainbox. It is so difficult to comprehend and interpret his writings. The meanings are sometimes so subtle. That finds him a place in every syllabus!
I'm kind of interesting in reading Hamlet.
Do you think it would be too hard for a 7th grader to read?
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It’s one of the best dramatic Shakespeare’s plays.
There’s all in that book and in the end, only the warrior and the student survive.
I LOVE THIS STORY! It has an awesome plot and Hamlet is torn between sanity and insanity when he decides to embark on the journey of revenge. Magnificent!
we have this story in textbook.it's really really good and it has a tragic end that enhances the story
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this story, it's sooo good, possibly because it's so difficult to comprehend.
in all great classics there is a difficult to comprehend , we generally call it "Tantalizing ambiguity" . which is the beauty of great classics
Hamlet is one of my favorite Shakespearean stories. I love the way that Hamlet plays everyone into his plot. His focus never shifts away from his revenge for the unjust death of his father, until everyone involved or anyone who gets in the way has paid the price.
did you really think it was revenge? or was it actually a search for justice that turned to revenge in the end because of uncontrolled emotions?
What grade in high school do you read this book, is it required to be read during high school? One of my older brother's read it in high school and he loved Hamlet, he didn't really like the other books he had to read for English though.
I first read it in my sophomore year in high school. I had to read it again my junior year in high school, my freshman year of college, my junior year of college, and I'm seeing it on stage for the first time this weekend. Once you read "Hamlet," watch out because you'll probably come across it again and again. However, there are so many ways to read it that you'll never tire of it.
I was in 10th grade; we did Romeo and Juliet in 9th. Our English teacher arranged fall and spring trips to Stratford, Ontario and their Shakespearean threatre... saw The Tempest. Cool.
That wouldn't happen to have been the year William Hutt played Prospero, would it?
nice story.. in senior year i had to be hamlet for the shakespear festival. "to be or not be"..lol
My all-time favorite of Shakespeare. Still need to see this performed live, though. I loved the movie version that Kenneth Branaugh starred in. It's 4 hours long, and I still watch it once a month.
What makes Hamlet so universal ?
(1)we all love to take revenge
2) THe nature of procrastination is evident in all of us like Hamlet
3) Oedipal complex in the sub-conscious mind of Hamlet reflected in us
Does anyone know how to find the Sir John Gielgud Hamlet? Not the one he directs with Richard Burton, but the one in which he plays Hamlet?
I found this book very boring. It was very difficult for me to understand. I don't enjoy the story line either.
I've thought this book over and over and over. I've found almost every question to anything I could possibly ask, but one thing struck me uncertain.
Does anybody else find it odd about Laertes? He'd told Ophelia that maybe he loves her now, but he could never marry her because he's a prince and therefore destined for arranged marriage ("...his will not his own, for he himself is a subject to his birth.") Now this is confusing to me, because there are two possible alternatives. After all, Hamlet's stayed alive for all these years because of the miles of interpretations and unanswered questions. Before I list them, I would like to bring out the part which makes this confusing. Had anyone thought Ophelia's burial scene was odd? When Gertrude had attended the burial, she layed out flowers saying "I hoped thou should hast been my Hamlet's wife." Laertes responded with nothing concerning what Gertrude had just said. Now, Gertrude could have said this to sound like a good person. Maybe she meant it, but that's not really the point. The point is she couldn't have said that either way if she really was going to have an arranged marriage for Hamlet. If Laertes didn't give the slightest comment to this, he must have known as well, bringing me back to my two possible answers.
I'm sure Laertes assumed that her and the prince were having sexual relations, considering the exchange of romantic love letters. I almost assume they were having sexual relations because there's that question going around inquiring Ophelia's pregnancy. Now, that sounded out of place and wrong to me until I discovered that in the 18th century when this took place, women usually committed suicide if they have had sex out of wedlock, and what's more proof to that than a baby? Everyone knows that was almost as frowned upon as cannibalism back then. You're probably thinking that doesn't prove anything because she was mad and a lot of women back then killed themselves anyway because, really, what did they have to live for? However, the suicide of choice for single, pregnant women in Elizabethan times was drowning. Bringing us back to the point that Laertes was just trying to look out for his sister so her heart wouldn't be completely broken by him when the time came.
Although, if they weren't having sexual relations during this time, perhaps Laertes could have been a factor in Ophelia's suicide. Yes, she was driven mad after her father died and not directly after her realization of Hamlet. However, Hamlet was pushed over the edge of madness when Ophelia had declined him. Yes, he was dealing with his father and uncle at the time, but this made him go overboard. I don't know if he really did love her, because, again, if they were having sexual relations before marriage he probably wouldn't have married her anyway. If he wasn't, I'd see why he would be upset, but then again I don't see why Ophelia would leave him if she needn't be concerned about that. My belief is he was probably upset to have someone to declined him for the first time. Personal for him but not necessarily her. However, that's for another discussion post. Point being, he killed Ophelia's father in madness. Ophelia killed herself due to the madness caused by the death of her father (and possible realization of pregnancy) caused my the madness of Hamlet, which was caused by Ophelia's decline, which in turn by Laertes' instruction (I know Polonious wanted her away from him as well, but that's not really relevent here because he mainly just wanted Ophelia to remain valuble and also would not have even known about it if it weren't for Laertes).
I know this is long, but please read this if you truly are interested in thinking about all the aspects of the play. Please reply with your thoughts, maybe it'll help me out.
see what you saying - but - its a but - there is no real evidence that hamlet was having sex with ophelia and it is speculative - her brother's obvious jealousy of his sister seems implied and he more than warns hamlet in a roundaboutway to behave himself - i think WS is being deliberately provocative...think
there are 2 families here - hamlet's which consist of dead father, king uncle & mother - and then Polonius with son Laetres & daughter Ophelia - it is clear Polonius is not happy to have the "heir" to the throne as a son-in-law and Laertres conceives an ill will of the prince - why? it can't possibly be the pretend madness and i suspect the truth is hidden, for when hamlet is aware of Laertres 'revenge score' there is the hint (quite drastic) that he is glad to be done in by his revenger - polonius is a manipulator of people and there is a slight suggestion he knows more about the outcome of hamlet's pretensions than he lets on - why?
hamlet's uncle frequently calls him 'son' and the suspicion is that he may even think he is his real father - its all rather mythic jason style and one shoed man - but i think there is wickedness in the Polonius character - why does Ophelia go mad? It is not because of her father's death, neither is it because she feels rejected by hamlet - it must be deeper - besides the talk at the grave of 'lawful burial' is a clue to the idea that Ophelia drowned accidently garnering flowers for her pop's funeral - polonius gradual restrictions on her relationship with hamlet are subtle and appear political - but doth thou not think that he was afraid hamlet may find out that the rose had lost its scent?
polonius role as the 'snake' is unfortunately usually over looked - i mean does hamlet know who is behind the curtain when he plunges the fatal blade? is it a genuine attempt to render death to his uncle - hamlet acts with honour to a certain degree but treats Ophelia with contempt, p'haps in a desire to remove her from the calamitous actions he knows are bound to be invoked by his revenge thrust - is he not really fulfilling a promise he has given to the admirable Laertres?
Sex is at the root of it...and power - from a jealous brother's desire for a crown and the crown of a queen - to another family's drive to achieve some kind of mark - something to put upon the grave, if this life is deigned to have meaning...
but what of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? They are dead.”
oh - and why does ophelia warn her bro not to play the hypocrite whilst away and to behave himself? it is odd and i suspect there is a clue to the meaning of WS's Laetres here - after all he was the father of Odysseus, that traveller, though rumour has it that his real father was sisyphus - oh what destiny! but odysseus hides from pops on return and recites the names of trees - ref. ophelia's rhymes - :) - but hamlet chooses his fate carefully and at behest of the ethereal - poor laetres, king of woes, is reduced to a walk on part in the tragedy hidden behind WS's comedy
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Not unlike the dilemma the character Hamlet faces, we cannot be certain of the future. How are you more similar or more different from the character of Hamlet? How do you choose to view the world and how do you choose to think and act about it?