The movie we will be using for our primary text for this unit is the 1990 Frank Zeffirelli version starring Mel Gibson.
Watch the full movie on You Tube (but it will cost $2.99)
Cast of characters:
Much like Macbeth, Hamlet starts off with a supernatural scene. A couple of guys keep seeing a ghost and they bring in Hamlet's good buddy and BFF Horatio to see it as well.
Tell me that's not a story worth hearing!
Here is Hamlet after his mother and new step father tell him to stop being so down and depressed.
Hamlet sees the ghost:
To Thine Ownself Be True
Polonius gives advice to his son Laertes just before Laertes goes to France. Complete the Google doc before test time:
Ophelia is caught in the middle here. It seems that she is indeed younger than Hamlet (if he is 16-18, then she is probably 14-15) and it also seems that she does have affections for him as well. However, her father has forbidden her to see him, which she feels she must obey, and Hamlet holds it against her some that she is allowing herself to be used by Polonius and Claudius to trick him. So he mistreats her. Ophelia is not the tragic hero here, but is a very tragic figure indeed.
To Be or Not to Be
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The movie clip
Here is another famous version of the same scene, with a few distinctions:
"The play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king."
Shakespeare is in your face with this one. Hamlet needs to find out if Claudius really did do it or if the ghost he saw was some evil spirit leading him down the wrong path. So, why not use a play? The play reinacts the murder of King Hamlet and Hamlet watches Claudius to see if he acts strangely upon seeing this. Now get the meaning of the play's title of The Mousetrap?
The Queen's Bedchamber
Why does Hamlet kill Polonius?
There are two answers - one is that he thinks it is Claudius. Many analysis sites will tell you such, but it makes no sense as he just passed Claudius in the prayer room. The other, and in my opinion, better, answer is that Hamlet suspects a trap. Consider:
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
These two fools betray their friend and end up paying the price for it. The letter the king gives them for the death of Hamlet is changed by Hamlet. So they end up delievering their own death sentences. Idiots.
Alas Poor Yorick!
The Rest Is Silence
Here is the whole ending, but teh David Tennant version. It has an updated setting: