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					      Hamlet

The Prince of Denmark
      Hamlet--fascinating facts
• Willie’s most popular play
• The longest of Shakespeare’s plays (when
  performed in full)
• This play gets beat up on stage more than his
  others (because of its length)
• There are a variety of written versions of the play
  (Quartos I, II and III and Folio I)
• You are reading a combination of Quarto II and
  Folio I—standard practice among Hamlet geeks.
  More fascinating Hamlet facts
• Was probably first performed in 1600 by Shakespeare
  and his theater company (known at this time as Lord
  Chamberlain’s Men).
• A revenge play based on a story well known to
  Elizabethan audiences.
• Loosely based on a 12th century historical document
  called Historia Danica by a guy named Saxo
  Grammaticus.
• When someone got a call for him I’m sure they yelled,
  “Saxo—phone!”
• Hamlet was first printed in 1602, which was no big deal
  because it is only six letters.
          Still more Hamlet
• The famous actor (and W.S.’s partner)
  Richard Burbage was the first well known
  Hamlet.
• Willie himself played the ghost of Hamlet’s
  papa.
• Shakespeare had a son named Hamnet
  who died very young, but there seems to
  be no clear connection between the dead
  kid and the living drama.
  Hamlet—the fun never ends
• As you will discover, there has been a ton
  of criticism written about Hamlet. If any
  piece of literature in English has been
  examined more closely, I’m surprised.
  http://webpac.library.unlv.edu/search~S1/?
  searchtype=X&searcharg=hamlet+criticis
  m&searchscope=1&SORT=D&extended=
  1&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&search
  origarg=dhamlet+criticism
                 Hamlet Ii
• For tomorrow read Ii.
• Note how you have a wealth of wonderful
  info on all of the left-facing pages, so don’t
  whine too much about comprehension
  problems.
• All of W.S.’s plays begin with pizazz. This
  one has the tension of impending war, a
  ghost, and the possible murder of a king
  (not unlike the 6 0’clock news).
The final slide is a special
           treat.
   Behold—the lost lines from the ending of
 Hamlet. The few remaining characters chant
this together while dancing something like the
            modern Hokey-Pokey.
         Hamlet, Hamlet, two by four
   You said your momma was a whore.
    You think your uncle offed your dad.
It ain’t no wonder you always feel so bad.
     Ooh Hamlet—it’s not your birthday
         Ooh Hamlet—you so dead!

         --William Shakespeare

				
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