Why do we teach Hamlet? It is arguably one of the greatest stories ever written. It influences modern dramas in technique and complexities. Like most Shakespeare, Hamlet is rich excellent vocabulary for the SAT/ACT and other exams. Many colleges expect students to be familiar with it. The best reason is that it can be a lot fun. Many of the elements covered in Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and King Lear are found in Hamlet. Look for the mislead, supernatural events, tragic flaws, strange and unusual relationships, "murder most foul" and of course the comic relief.
(annotated High School Level Work)
(adapted edition with side by side texts)
(more stuff than you could ever want - but has excellent notes and links)
Hamlet Performances and Video
Gilligan' Island Hamlet
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
English Language Chart
Schedule indicates date by which material may be used.
Redux on how to read Shakespeare
Just like the reading a non-fiction article, short story or poem reading Shakespeare often requires multiple readings, a good dictionary and some outside research. It gets easier the more you read it.
0 Read the Synopsis
1. Read it one time with little stopping
List difficult words and passage and either look them up or use clues to figure them out (Left Hand Side)
2. Read it a second time
If still not sure use one of the links to help you out
3. If it still makes little sense, write the difficulty as a question and find a classmate, teacher or relative who has read the story and ask them you question.
Hamlet Facts and Fictions
One of Shakespeare's Five Great Tragedies
Romeo and Juliet
Like all of the above Five Acts, Tragic Hero with Tragic Flaw, Title Character and follows (exposition, exciting force, complication-rising action, climax, falling action, catastrophe-recognition, restored order)
The longest play: ''Hamlet'' with 4,042 lines and 29,551 words. (ThinkTank, 11/9/2002)