History Funny / Hamlet

13th Feb '18 6:16:32 AM MasterFuzzy
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* One thing that's often LostInTranslation is that in Middle English, a "nunnery" wasn't a place where nuns lived. It was a ''brothel.'' "Get thee to a nunnery" suddenly becomes very, very different... (and also kind of a TearJerker).
13th Feb '18 6:11:48 AM MasterFuzzy
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-->'''Polonius:''' "That he's mad 'tis true, 'tis true 'tis pity, and 'tis pity 'tis 'tis true. A foolish figure, but farewell it, for I will use no art."
* In one production, while Polonius paces up and down giving advice to Ophelia, Laertes ''paces up and down just behind him, imitating his facial expressions and finger held in the air!'' You can see Ophelia desperately trying not to crack up, and when Polonius turns around, Laertes just looks at him innocently.




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* Kenneth Branagh, being, well, Creator/KennethBranagh is also good for a laugh. His LargeHam nature means that even lines which ought to be somber and morose in other productions are [[SuddenlyShouting ALL BUT BELLOWED WHILE HE SLAMS A FIST AGAINST THE WALL]] (while Polonius and Claudius hide just on the other side, making simultaneous OhCrap faces).
2nd Mar '17 7:46:13 PM rjd1922
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* Polonius' death. Upon being slain by Hamlet (read: stabbed through a window curtain), Polonius feels the need to exclaim "I am slain." Something that this made this troper reconsider the play's genre. It just feels like a comedy after that (in most adaptations, if not proven in the text) over-fed, noble man points out his own demise as it's happening.
** To be fair, he would not have been visible to the audience.

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* Polonius' death. Upon being slain by Hamlet (read: stabbed through a window curtain), Polonius feels the need to exclaim "I "[[CaptainObvious O! I am slain." slain!]]" Something that this made this troper reconsider the play's genre. It just feels like a comedy after that (in most adaptations, if not proven in the text) over-fed, noble man points out his own demise as it's happening.
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happening. Although to be fair, he would not have been visible to the audience.
24th Aug '16 2:30:38 PM everyfloatingcat
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** Also Horatio's reaction to this, initially thinking that Hamlet's gone off on a string of InsaneTrollLogic.



--> '''Polonius:''' What is the ''matter'', my lord?

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--> '''Polonius:''' What is the ''matter'', ''matter''[[note]]i.e., "What is the book about?"[[/note]], my lord?




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* Hamlet describing the jawless skull of Yorick as "[[IncrediblyLamePun quite chapfallen]]".
18th May '16 10:21:56 AM LeedsKing
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* The First Quarto [[note]]Once considered to be the 'bad version' of Hamlet, but now seen as snappier and more logical in the scene order, as it's most likely a memorial reconstruction by one of the actors in Shakespeare's company. The accuracy of the text noticeably jumps up whenever Voltimand is onstage.[[/note]] has a variation on the graveyard scene. Only a few lines after "AlasPoorYorick", Hamlet jumps into Ophelia's grave after Leartes, who attacks him:

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* The First Quarto [[note]]Once considered to be the 'bad version' of Hamlet, but now seen as snappier and more logical in the scene order, as it's most likely a memorial reconstruction by one of the actors in Shakespeare's company. The accuracy of the text noticeably jumps up whenever Voltimand is onstage.[[/note]] has a variation on the graveyard scene. Only a few lines after "AlasPoorYorick", Hamlet jumps into Ophelia's grave after Leartes, Laertes, who attacks him:



I loved Ophelia as dear\\

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I loved Ophelia Ophelia! as dear\\



** The entire graveyard scene given that it is Hamlet and Leartes having what can only be described as an Emo-off.

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** The entire graveyard scene given that it is Hamlet and Leartes Laertes having what can only be described as an Emo-off.
17th May '16 2:00:46 PM bannermanner
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* In the 1996 film, a clever rearrangement of blocking and dialogue see Osric following and judging the fencing performances of Hamlet and Laertes while it's painfully obvious to everyone else that they're no longer fencing but actually trying to kill each other.
15th Apr '16 7:54:24 PM nxtm4n
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**Just as good are the following lines: remember that "nothing" was Elizabethan slang for a vagina.
-->'''Ophelia:''' I think nothing, my lord.
-->'''Hamlet:''' That's a fair thought to lie between maids' legs.
-->'''Ophelia:''' What is, my lord?
-->'''Hamlet:''' Nothing.
23rd Dec '15 2:57:09 AM LahmacunKebab
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*** "Do you think I mean CUNT...rrrrrrry matters" - David Tennant as Hamlet

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*** "Do you think I mean CUNT... rrrrrrry matters" - David Tennant as Hamlet
3rd Jul '15 11:30:55 PM easytorememberhandle
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--> '''Polonius:''' What is the matter, my lord?
--> '''Hamlet:''' What is a the matter with what?

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--> '''Polonius:''' What is the matter, ''matter'', my lord?
--> '''Hamlet:''' What is a the matter with what?''what''?
3rd Jul '15 11:30:11 PM easytorememberhandle
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* In that same scene:
--> '''Polonius:''' What are you reading, my lord?
--> '''Hamlet:''' Words, words, words.
--> '''Polonius:''' What is the matter, my lord?
--> '''Hamlet:''' What is a the matter with what?
** Some actors have Hamlet give the book a long, careful examination as they say "words, words, words". And then reply with mock alarm when they deliberately misinterpret "what is the matter".
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