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Hamlet (edition 2011)

by William Shakespeare

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Title:Hamlet
Authors:William Shakespeare
Info:Puffin (2011), Paperback, 160 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:drama, tragedy, british

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Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard (Voracious_Reader, kxlly)
    Voracious_Reader: Existentialist, tragicomedy based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. Very different from Shakespeare's Hamlet and yet there's a definite, deep connection between the two.
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    Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Pattty)
    Pattty: Si te gustó Hamlet seguro te gustará Macbeth, que es una historia buena y mucho más "macabra"
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    Let Me Tell You by Paul Griffiths (alanteder)
    alanteder: A novel from Ophelia's point of view constructed using only the 481 words used by Ophelia in the play (from all Quartos and First Folio editions). The technique is called Oulipo, creating a literature work using constricted, limited resources.
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    The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke by William Shakespeare (Waldstein)
    Waldstein: The modern text of Hamlet and the First Quarto make an interesting and thought-provoking comparison. Little is known about the foundations of Q1, but it opens the door of endless speculation about Elizabethan authorship, publishing, piracy and what not.… (more)
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    King Lear by William Shakespeare (kara.shamy)
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    Life is a Dream by Pedro Calderón de la Barca (Sergio88)
    Sergio88: Perhaps the spanish play most similar to Hamlet.
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    Ophelia by Lisa Klein (Anonymous user)
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    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (kara.shamy)
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    Shakespearean Tragedy by A. C. Bradley (DLSmithies)
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    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (kara.shamy)
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Another book I like in which everyone goes crazy and a lot of people die. I do worry about myself.

Anyway, best of Shakespeare that I've read so far. Full of Big Important Speeches where Big Important People say Big Important Things. Sounds like pretty dull stuff but isn't. Confusing ear-poison thing.

It's quite clear that I don't have anything original or clever to say about this. I just, I liked it rather a lot.
  thebookmagpie | Jan 30, 2016 |
Another book I like in which everyone goes crazy and a lot of people die. I do worry about myself.

Anyway, best of Shakespeare that I've read so far. Full of Big Important Speeches where Big Important People say Big Important Things. Sounds like pretty dull stuff but isn't. Confusing ear-poison thing.

It's quite clear that I don't have anything original or clever to say about this. I just, I liked it rather a lot.
  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
Another book I like in which everyone goes crazy and a lot of people die. I do worry about myself.

Anyway, best of Shakespeare that I've read so far. Full of Big Important Speeches where Big Important People say Big Important Things. Sounds like pretty dull stuff but isn't. Confusing ear-poison thing.

It's quite clear that I don't have anything original or clever to say about this. I just, I liked it rather a lot.
  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
The more I learn about the English language and literature in general, the richer Shakespeare's works become. Hamlet is no exception.

When considered as a boundary/change marker in the landscape of literature, it makes an interesting mile-marker between earlier eras of the oral heroic, the epic and the blossoming of humanism. (Forgive me if I'm using any of these terminologies incorrectly; I will elaborate what I mean.) Which is to say, the oral heroic focused (in general terms) on family units, clans, tribes, etc. and the conflicts between them. These narratives usually dealt with inscribing some sort of expected behavior(s) that sorted out the violent chaos that accompanied the birthings of civilizations. As an example of a major trope in this early literature that's relevant to Hamlet: blood-feud violence.

The Odyssey comes from the beginning of this and in its ending tries to address the ending of such tit-for-tat retribution.

In this way, Hamlet might be considered (and I'm happy to do so) the ending of this particular literary tradition as a major trope. Instead of focusing on the blood feud (the plot going on with Fortinbras & Norway), it turns a bit more inward. Instead of Hamlet marching off to claim what is his by rights from Norway, there's a more humanistic struggle at play.

I feel that most Shakespeare could benefit from a little extra knowledge and context than most of us get upon our first exposure. Hamlet's definitely gotten 'better' for me over time. ( )
  jennaelf | Jan 5, 2016 |
Prompt for 117S students (and I'm pretty sick of Hamlet, so I kind of hope no one writes about it):

“The play’s the thing”

How does language change during The Mousetrap? Do the actors speak differently than the other characters in the play (e.g. what does it mean to speak “trippingly”)? How are tropes, diction, and/or prosody in the play-within-a-play unlike/similar to the language in the rest of Hamlet? How do audience members, like Hamlet, interact with the players? How does the play-within-a-play mirror, invert, or represent the values or relationships of the larger text? Please craft a focused argument, supported with close readings of the text, in response to one or more of these (or other) questions.
  Marjorie_Jensen | Nov 12, 2015 |
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Act 1, Scene 1
Enter Barnardo and Francisco, two sentinels.

Barnardo
Who's there?
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Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,
Whiles, like a puff'd and reckless libertine,
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads.
And recks not his own rede.
This above all — to thine ownself be true;
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
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Please do not combine with this work the First Quarto (Q1) from 1603. This really is a different play. The Second Quarto (Q2), First Folio (F1), and modern texts based on them belong here.
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Shakespeare's telling of a man who struggles with the death of his father and the re-marriage of his mother. Hamlet knows his uncle killed his father but must determine how to act. He struggles with anger an depression and kills the father of the woman who loves him. it is a tragedy.

This was just really hard to understand in fourth grade. There were a couple funny parts, but mostly it was just dark and there was a lot of killing. I thought it was dumb that everyone died.
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Etre ou ne pas être.... 
Un chef-d'oeuvre intemporel?
Telle est la question.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 074347712X, Mass Market Paperback)

Each edition includes:

• Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

• Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

• Scene-by-scene plot summaries

• A key to famous lines and phrases

• An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

• An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

• Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

Essay by Michael Neill

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

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Presents the text of William Shakespeare's tragedy in which Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, struggles with the decision whether to avenge his father's murder, and includes text glosses; details on Shakespeare's life, world, and theater; and an essay that offers a modern perspective on the play.… (more)

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