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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.


Hamlet Texts
(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

(To thine own self be true)

Additional Materials

Seven Soliloquies 

Prezi Presents Freytag in Hamlet 

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

English Language Chart

 Root Languages, Cultures & GovernmentEvent Name  Rough Years

Tribal Structure with loose kingship
Celtic Hegemony 

Pre- Roman
Part of a greater Celtic Europe whose culture and language ranged from the Russian Steppes to Ireland.
~700- 54 BCEBritannic Celtic

No literature but place names and some words

Roman Providence
 Roman Imperial

Begins with Julius Caesar and lasts till the withdrawal of Imperial Forces 
~ 55 BCE - 500 AD
Romanized Celtic


Celts driven to Scotland, Wales, Cornwall & Brittany. Replaced by petty kingdoms till the ascension of  Wessex
 Anglo/Saxon/Jutes Expansion

Nature and politics abhor a vacuum and 
Invasions replace the departing Romans. Scandinavian semi- successful attempts at conquest weakens the Saxons and makes way for the Normans 
 ~ 500 - 1066 AD
Old English



Plantagenet/Norman England

Yorkish vs Lancastirans

Norman French and isolation
 Norman Invasion  

1066 Battle of Hastings

The Crusades / Hundred Years War / 
War of the Roses / Renaissance influences
Middle English

You can actually read it!

Modern English

Tudor - Stuart - Hanover- Windsor 

Continuous development in grammar, vocabulary, usage and media - often centered on London - spread across the globe to such diverse places as North America, South Africa, India, Mongolia and Australia 
English Proliferation

Henry VIII to Elizabeth II

Explosive export of the "English"  language follows the British Empire and later American expansions. Most recently use of English as a primary language of the Internet, commerce and aviation has made a working knowledge of it important to many peoples.
 1509-currentModern English

Beginning around the Elizabethans 

Reading Schedule
Schedule indicates date by which material may be used. 

Week of Act / Scene Lesson
 2/12 I On the Wall / Dinner Party
 2/26 IIFarewells (Fun with Polonius I)/ Mad, Mad Hamlet (iv-v)
 3/5 II, III i,iiSpies 'R Us / Fun with Polonius II / Friends & Lovers ? 
 3/12III iii,iv IV iSay a little prayer for me / Dead Old Men in the Arras
 3/19IV ii-vii Plans, Real Madness and a little murder
 3/26V i-ii A Grave Matter / Whats a little fight amongst friends ?

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
    King Lear

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)

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