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1. Shakespeare’s Life - From Birth to Death
2. Shakespeare’s Plays
3. Elizabethan England 1
4. Elizabethan England 2
5. The English Dramatic Tradition
6. The Elizabethan World Picture 1
7. The Elizabethan World Picture 2
8. Style and Language in Shakespeare’s Plays
9. Elizabethan Playhouses
10. The Shakespearean Imagination
11. Tragedies - A Genre Study
Two Versions of Hamlet
Hamlet as Revenge Tragedy
Prose and Verse in Hamlet
Order and Disorder in Hamlet
Corruption in Hamlet
Hamlet - Rottenness, sickness and decay
Doubt, Duty and Delay
Deception and Appearance Vs. reality
Hero or anti-hero?
Conscience and Guilt
Passion and reason
Madness and Melancholia in Hamlet
Thought and action
The Language of Doubt
Sex and Love in Hamlet (Theme)
Sin and Salvation
The role of the ghost in Hamlet
Hamlet - Comic Relief
2. Shakespeare’s Plays
When Shakespeare began his work as a dramatist he could barely stop writing again.
Until the beginning of the 1600 he worked parallel with historical tragedies like comedies and also the more dramatic and graver tragedies, which he became more famous for. Shakespeare’s most knows history plays is for example:
Henry IV (part 1 and 2)
Antoni and Cleopatra
Among the comedies, he wrote until the beginning of 1600 was overall merry, light farces and romantic comedies. It was for instance:
The Comedy of Errors
The Taming of the Shrew
he Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night's Dream,
As You Like It
Somehow after he wrote “Twelfth night” it was like he suddenly changed his mood marked. His writing style changed the character. His comedies became gloomier and more gravely than the other comedies he wrote before. And because of this shift in temper and writing style, he wrote some of his greatest tragedies, for example:
Hamlet, King Lear and Macbeth
. Before this period he wrote Romeo and Julie and of cause this is also a tragedy witch contain unrequited love, but the tragedy also contain cheerful movements and a light tone than his later great works he wrote. Although Shakespeare is regarded in the world history as one of the biggest writers, is it commonly known that none of his dramatic plots were original. Contrary he heart or read the histories from elsewhere or even saw them preformed on other scenes. He took the histories and made it his own.
of Shakespeare's plays and dramatic characters are entirely his own - the story of Falstaff and The Merry Wives of Windsor is one of those
was glad to be inspired by other
s stories and plays. It could be from its
, fairy tales,
legends and myths
, he managed
to do all these
to his own immortal and universal human stories by adding them his own peculiar style
by giving them a twist or two
and also by
adding new persons to personal galleries
of the Danish Prince Hamlet is for example based on a little-known narrative from Saxo Grammaticus on Amled
a Danish prince from the saga of the time.
Shakespeare also got
inspiration from old English legends and historical narrative of the kingdom kings and their deeds.
ere comes for example the works of King Lear and Macbeth
Some of the most peculiar of Shakespeare's plays are that he didn’t respect any of the roles, norms and he totally ignores the perfect solution or how you normally write at that time.
For example he always had more than one story running in the plays
: So you have a ‘main story’ and also one or more ‘bilateral’ or side stories,
which take place in parallel with the main narrative
has either the purpose of illustrating the play's main theme from a sort of slightly different angle/side
to give the audience something else to look at
In tragedies for example Hamlet and Macbeth, we have moments called
which purpose it is to lighten the mood a little from the deep and tragic happenings that also takes place in the play.
This mixture of main and side stories can
make Shakespeare more confusing to gain an overview and impossible to retell at short time
, it is
pecificity that makes his stories so filled of life and irresistible for the audience
Shakespeare's writing affects all kind of human themes and destinies in a way that makes them relevant and interesting to an audience, even 400 years after they first appeared on the scene
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