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Analysis
Interpreting Hamlet as a personal or a political play

Personal examination of character and family relationships
Play that reflects on the political climate of Shakespeare's time or a comment on the problems in
society ­ power balances, corruption and inequality
It can be on both levels as Shakespeare would…

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o Falling of Hamlet's mental state, the fall of the kingdom, falling into evil
Ophelia's madness
o Caused by the so called women's weakness of the mind
o Ophelia takes over the role of Hamlet as the madman in court
o They are parallels of each other ­ Ophelia simply…

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o Duality and the merging of binary oppositions
o Two figures appear to be different but they are drawn to each other
Claudius and Hamlet
o Heaven and hell, high and low
o Reason and passion, god and beast, civilization and beast, good and evil, sin and
absolution, conception and…

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Hunting
War
Corruption and decay
Disease and rotting bodies
Death and decay
Theatre and performance
Repeated use of theatre to reflect Shakespeare's own voice as a playwright who wants to
create change
Symbol of false pretence and deceit
Acting as ironically a true lasting representation of some aspect of society…

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o Madness as the corruption of the soul - Ophelia and Hamlet
o Corruption of the body and decay in death
Hamlet's cynicism
Arrows/daggers/rapiers
o Idea of a goal and targeting people/goals
o Idea of victimization
o Hamlet as an arrow - being sent away


Wordplay - doubling, repetition, antithecal…

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Hamlet advocates for using words precisely and to actually create meaning

o Hamlet's soliloquies
Narrative and perspective into a particular character
Most soliloquies reveal the truth, Hamlet does not reveal, instead he questions
and explores
Even in his soliloquies he is reserved and silent, deciding against sharing with
others
Hamlet's…

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Some are so powerful they can stand alone
Hamlet and the Murder of Gonzago/the mousetrap
This is linked to an important theme of 'playing' 'acting' and 'deceit
Representation of the 3 worlds in Hamlet
Hamlet's mind
Physical world of Denmark
Dramatic fiction and play
The play represents Hamlet's need to…

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