History Theatre / Hamlet

16th Jan '17 6:56:04 AM orvillethird
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** [[http://ladysmaragdina.tumblr.com/post/17869926397/an-unweeded-garden-the-worst-hamlet-essays "An Unweeded Garden"]], an essay on Hamlet compiled over sixteen years from errors in student essays.
9th Jan '17 1:56:59 AM MrThorfan64
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Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark, whose uncle Claudius has succeeded the throne after Hamlet's own father mysteriously passed away. Hamlet receives evidence that Claudius murdered the late king to seize power, and decides to exact {{Revenge}}, covering his behavior by ObfuscatingInsanity. As the play progresses, though, it becomes ambiguous as to whether Hamlet's really faking his madness. Complicating matters are the presence of a number of other characters: Ophelia, the object of Hamlet's affections; Polonius, her father and royal chancellor; Gertrude, Hamlet's mother who has now married her brother-in-law; and Claudius himself, who is well aware that Hamlet is Denmark's rightful heir [[note]]Typical rules of primogeniture say that the king's son takes the throne after him, even if the king has a brother[[/note]] and is scheming to remove him from the picture.

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Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark, whose uncle Claudius has succeeded the throne after Hamlet's own father mysteriously passed away. Hamlet receives evidence that Claudius murdered the late king to seize power, and decides to exact {{Revenge}}, covering his behavior by ObfuscatingInsanity. As the play progresses, though, it becomes ambiguous as to whether Hamlet's really faking his madness. Complicating matters are the presence of a number of other characters: Ophelia, the object of Hamlet's affections; Polonius, her father and royal chancellor; Gertrude, Hamlet's mother who has now married her brother-in-law; and Claudius himself, who is well aware that Hamlet is Denmark's rightful heir [[note]]Typical rules of primogeniture say that the king's son takes the throne after him, even if the king has a brother[[/note]] brother, although we do hear Dennmark's monarchy is theoretically elective in the play[[/note]] and is scheming to remove him from the picture.
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24th Dec '16 11:37:20 AM SuddenFrost
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* WorldOfHam: Branagh may have intentionally directed his adaptation in this style in order to maintain the audience's interest in a four-hour-long movie.
18th Oct '16 7:29:28 PM PaulA
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-->'''Gertrude''': More matter, with less art.
-->'''Polonius''': Madam, I swear I use no art at all. That he is mad, 'tis true: 'tis true 'tis pity, And pity 'tis 'tis true. A foolish figure! But farewell it, for I will use no art. Mad let us grant him then. And now remains that we find out the cause of this effect, or rather say the cause of this defect, for this effect defective comes by cause. Thus it remains, and the remainder thus.

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-->'''Gertrude''': -->'''Gertrude:''' More matter, with less art.
-->'''Polonius''':
art.\\
'''Polonius:'''
Madam, I swear I use no art at all. That he is mad, 'tis true: 'tis true 'tis pity, And pity 'tis 'tis true. A foolish figure! But farewell it, for I will use no art. Mad let us grant him then. And now remains that we find out the cause of this effect, or rather say the cause of this defect, for this effect defective comes by cause. Thus it remains, and the remainder thus.



-->'''Claudius''': Where is Polonius?
-->'''Hamlet''': In heaven. Send thither to see. If your messenger find him not there, [[Main/{{Hell}} seek him in the other place yourself.]]

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-->'''Claudius''': -->'''Claudius:''' Where is Polonius?
-->'''Hamlet''':
Polonius?\\
'''Hamlet:'''
In heaven. Send thither to see. If your messenger find him not there, [[Main/{{Hell}} seek him in [[{{Hell}} the other place place]] yourself.]]



-->'''Polonius''': Your noble son is mad, mad call I it; for to define true madness, what is't but to be nothing else but mad?

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-->'''Polonius''': -->'''Polonius:''' Your noble son is mad, mad call I it; for to define true madness, what is't but to be nothing else but mad?
18th Oct '16 7:27:02 PM PaulA
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* ContinuityNod: After seeing King Hamlet's ghost, Horatio remarks that similarly strange things happened [[Theatre/JuliusCaesar in the days leading up to Julius Caesar's assassination.]]


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* MythologyGag: After seeing King Hamlet's ghost, Horatio remarks that similarly strange things happened [[Theatre/JuliusCaesar in the days leading up to Julius Caesar's assassination]].
18th Oct '16 2:26:19 PM snichols1973
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* GiveMyRegardsInTheNextWorld: In Act IV, Scene 3 when King Claudius is looking for Polonius' body:
-->'''Claudius''': Where is Polonius?
-->'''Hamlet''': In heaven. Send thither to see. If your messenger find him not there, [[Main/{{Hell}} seek him in the other place yourself.]]
18th Oct '16 2:14:56 PM snichols1973
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** From Act II, Scene 2:
-->'''Gertrude''': More matter, with less art.
-->'''Polonius''': Madam, I swear I use no art at all. That he is mad, 'tis true: 'tis true 'tis pity, And pity 'tis 'tis true. A foolish figure! But farewell it, for I will use no art. Mad let us grant him then. And now remains that we find out the cause of this effect, or rather say the cause of this defect, for this effect defective comes by cause. Thus it remains, and the remainder thus.


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* ShapedLikeItself:
-->'''Polonius''': Your noble son is mad, mad call I it; for to define true madness, what is't but to be nothing else but mad?
26th Sep '16 7:38:40 AM DalekExterminer
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* ContinuityNod: After seeing King Hamlet's ghost, Horatio remarks that similarly strange things happened [[Theatre/JuliusCaesar in the days leading up to Julius Caesar's assassination.]]
25th Sep '16 8:54:40 PM LordSeth
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Since ''Hamlet'' is almost always performed with cuts (performing the whole thing usually takes almost four hours), arguably ''every'' production is an adaptation, some even switching out scenes for pacing purposes (like the 2010 version did as explained [[http://blip.tv/file/4634599 here]] and [[http://blip.tv/file/4631899 here.]] Sometimes the basic idea is what's adapted, more or less faithfully, and little or none of the original language is used.

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Since ''Hamlet'' is almost always performed with cuts (performing (Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play, and performing the whole thing usually takes almost four hours), arguably ''every'' production is an adaptation, some even switching out scenes for pacing purposes (like the 2010 version did as explained [[http://blip.tv/file/4634599 here]] and [[http://blip.tv/file/4631899 here.]] Sometimes the basic idea is what's adapted, more or less faithfully, and little or none of the original language is used.
21st Sep '16 6:46:01 PM ecuvulle6267
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* TheLowMiddleAges: Technically set in this era.
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