CONTENTS 1. The Life of William Shakespeare 2. Shakespeare's Plays 3. A Brief History of English Drama up to Shakespeare 4. Shakespeare, a Romantic Playwright 5. Some Facts About the Elizabethan Theatre 6. Shakespeare's Greatness as a Playwright 7. The Alleged Faults of Shakespeare 8. Shakespearean Criticism Through the Centuries 9. Hamlet: An Introduction 10. (A) Source for the Plot o (B) Hamlet as a Revenge Traced 11. Hamlet: A Critical Summary (Act by Act. Scene by Scene) 12. Some Aspects of Hamlet 13. Hamlet as Religious Drama 14. The Value and Significance of Hamlet in the Twentieth Century 15. Shakespeare's Idea of Tragedy with Reference to Hamlet 16. Character or Fate Or The Sense of Fate in Hamlet 17. Catharsis and the Play or Hamlet 18. Hamlet's Irresolution and Procrastination 19. The Problem of Hamlet's Madness 20. The Love of Hamlet and Ophelia 21. The Use of the Supernatural in Hamlet 22. The Use of Soliloquies in Hamlet 23. Comic Elements in Hamlet 24. The Play within the Play OR The Mouse Trap 25. Characters 1. Hamlet 2. Polonius 3. Horatio 4. Laertes 5. Ophelia 6. Gertrude 7. Claudius 8. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern 9. Fortinbras Select Literary Criticism Meanings and Explanatory Notes Expirations, with Reference to the Context, of important Passages Important Questions with Complete Answers o Q.1. What do you think of the view that Hamlet is an artistic failure? Give a reasoned answer. Or Justify or refute T.S. Eliot’s view that, far from being Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet is most certainly an artistic failure. o Q.2. Consider Shakespeare’s treatment of the theme of revenge in Hamlet. Or "In Hamlet Shakespeare presents an incisive analysis of Ac conventions of the contemporary revenge play.” Discuss. Or Examine critically Hamlet as a revenge tragedy, bringing out its superiority over the conventional plays m this genre. o Q.3. Write a short rritkal note cn Hamlet’s soliloquies and the light they throw on the character Or Analyse the soliloquies of Hamlet and state whether they are fully and correctly expressive of his character. Or What do you gather about the personality of Hamlet from his soliloquies ? Discuss with suitable illustrations. o Q.4. Examine critically the dramatic presentation of the revenge morality in Hamlet. Or "Hamlet's death is the ultimate result of us being charged by the Ghost to carry oat instructions which were offensive to the moral principles” Discuss. Or Explain the problem of delay in Hamlet. How is it linked with the theme of revenge? o Q.5. Examine critically the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia. How do yon account for its failure? Or Attempt a critical examination of Hamlet's relationship Ophelia. Or Comment on Hamlet's relationship with Ophelia o Q.6. Examine the view rhar far from being a dramatic failure. Hamlet is a most carefully constructed play. o Q.7. “Character is destiny.” How far is this applicable to Hamlet? Or "In Shakespearean tragedy the accent falls on human responsibility rather than on supernatural suggestion." Discuss with reference to Hamlet. Or Character or fate? Who is responsible for the tragedy of Hamlet?