Litonline Introduction to Literature
English 112 (English Composition II)
The Hamlet Site
Objective for this Page: To provide additional texts of the play, interpretative aides, and commentaries.
Copies of the play with various summaries, glosses, or notes
Illustrations of Hamlet scenes (usually
Ophelia or Hamlet) from artists of the 1800s are at Emory University's
Hamlet Navigator by
Philip Weller offers
scene summaries, traces character appearances through the play, traces a few recurring
images through the play, traces some character traits of Hamlet, and offers a word search.
All quotations are indexed to a script of the play.
Shakespeare's complete works are online at Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT), including
printed scene by scene.
Biographical data on Shakespeare
http://www.shakespeare-online.com/biography/ for a thorough Shakespeare bio.
|Rebutting or Amplifying a Review of Hamlet
Posting Option #32: Write a rebuttal of any of the following reviews--or a detailed agreement with one--or both agreement and rebuttal.
Shakespeare's HAMLET on the Web offers a comprehensive listing of scripts and commentary, including some famous statements by famous people regarding Hamlet and other essays. Also included are links to scholarly commentary, e.g. excerpts from The Undiscovered Country by Steve Roth. Also included is a long, long scroll from Ed Friedlander that gives a scene-by-scene summary/commentary for Hamlet illustrated with stills from famous movies and art of Hamlet.
Joel Summer Littauer offers an historical reason for Hamlet's supposed delay in killing his uncle. This link is to the third part of his essay. The previous two parts can be accessed via the link at the bottom of his page.
The same webber offers two guided essay assignments that suggest the steps and resources for doing two detailed essays--
Advanced: This lecture copyrighted by Ian Johnston is a resource in the Malaspina University-College Liberal Studies course of Russell McNeil (cool home page) that includes Hamlet. Skim it first; then study it for several insights into Hamlet's problem and his relation to the cosmos. Also consider the associated essay topics and seminar questions for this 300-level course.
Two classes at Simonds High School in New Brunswick, Canada, offer illustrations and interpretations of selected characters and aspects of the play. The Hamlet Online site includes line-by-line paraphrases of some of the soliloquys, commentary on Ophelia's songs; and commentary on the deaths of Laertes, Hamlet, and Claudius, as well as Hamlet's apparent obsession with death.
MIT's discussion forum for Hamlet ranges from the paranoid to the creative. Most items marked by question marks are inquiries, some of which seem prompted by a rather immediate writing assignment while others seem prompted by thoughtful--even painstaking--reflection. Many of the statements and idea bulbs that mark the hundreds of entries in this seemingly unthreaded stack present interesting insights worth crediting and pursuing. Email addresses of commentators are attached to their comments or questions.
Harry Rusche's Shakespeare Illustrated pages at Emory University includes several paintings about Hamlet, a focus on "Gertrude's guilt," several about Ophelia, and portrayals of a staging convention that he calls "Hamlet's crawl," as well as Hamlet "lying" in Ophelia's lap during the "Mousetrap."
Vamsey Palagummi copies a plot summary and offers his analysis of Hamlet's "duplicity," as he struggles to accept the "role" that his father's ghost has cast him in. As a counter-thesis, I suggest that Hamlet had to change from a college student into an assassin and from a suicidal mourner into someone willing to sacrifice his life for his cause. At the same time, Hamlet hints in Act 3 when he spares Claudius that he is not out for simple vengeance but for justice--and he does kill Claudius when he is caught trying to kill Hamlet, as well as having just let his queen drink poison rather than risk revealing his plot, both sins that would assure his place in Hell.
Things to Find on or off the Net:
Voltaire's attack on Hamlet and then George Brandes' praise of the same work
Assessment: Choose a link and summarize four facts or assertions that surprise or intrigue you.
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