History Theatre / Hamlet

10th Apr '18 5:35:29 AM Aquila89
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* GoodNightSweetPrinceGoodNightSweetPrince: Horatio when Hamlet dies.
9th Apr '18 9:06:18 AM vifetoile
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* ItGetsEasier: Discussed in the graveyard scene. Hamlet asks what kind of cold-blooded man could sing while digging graves, to which Horatio calmly replies "Custom hath made it in him a property of easiness."
4th Apr '18 11:08:01 AM TheGreatConversation
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Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark, whose uncle Claudius has ascended the throne after Hamlet's own father mysteriously passed away. Hamlet receives evidence that Claudius [[TheKingslayer murdered the late king]] to [[TheUsurper seize power]], and is commanded to exact {{Revenge}}, choosing to cover his behavior by [[ObfuscatingInsanity faking insanity]]. As the play progresses, however, it becomes obvious that Hamlet is highly reluctant to follow through with the murder . . . and ambiguous as to how much of his madness is actually fake. Complicating matters are a number of other characters: Ophelia, the former object of Hamlet's affections; Polonius, her father and Claudius's meddling royal chancellor; Gertrude, Hamlet's mother who has now married her brother-in-law; [[TheDividual Rosencrantz and Guildenstern]], Hamlet's college buddies now conscripted to spy on him; 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, although we do hear Dennmark's monarchy is theoretically elective in the play[[/note]] and has started scheming to remove him from the picture.

Shakespeare did not invent the story of Hamlet's quest to bring the murderer of his father to justice. The earliest surviving "record" is in the twelfth-century ''Literature/GestaDanorum'' ("Deeds of the Danes"), by Saxo Grammaticus, wherein Hamlet--or Amleth (Amlóði), as he's called in that version--is shown as a legendary character who succeeds in destroying his uncle and becoming king, only to die in a later battle. The story was abbreviated and amended numerous times and had been presented as a play in English more than once when Shakespeare decided to tackle the story. By that time it had been changed almost beyond recognition--Hamlet's mother, who had originally been forced to marry her brother-in-law, was now an accessory to his usurpation of the throne, while Hamlet had been turned into a Christian and aged a number of years.

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Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark, whose uncle Claudius has ascended the throne after Hamlet's own father mysteriously passed away. Hamlet receives evidence that Claudius [[TheKingslayer murdered the late king]] to [[TheUsurper seize power]], and is commanded to exact {{Revenge}}, choosing to cover his behavior by [[ObfuscatingInsanity faking insanity]]. As the play progresses, however, it becomes obvious that Hamlet is highly reluctant to follow through with the murder . . . and ambiguous as to how much of his madness is actually fake. Complicating matters are a number of other characters: Ophelia, the former sometime object of Hamlet's affections; Polonius, her Ophelia's father and Claudius's meddling royal chancellor; Gertrude, Hamlet's mother who has now married her brother-in-law; [[TheDividual Rosencrantz and Guildenstern]], Hamlet's college buddies now conscripted to spy on him; 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, although we do hear Dennmark's monarchy is theoretically elective in the play[[/note]] and has started scheming to remove him from the picture.

Shakespeare did not invent the story of Hamlet's quest to bring the murderer of his father to justice. The earliest surviving "record" is in the twelfth-century ''Literature/GestaDanorum'' ("Deeds of the Danes"), by Saxo Grammaticus, wherein Hamlet--or Amleth (Amlóði), as he's called in that version--is shown as a legendary character figure who succeeds in destroying his uncle and becoming king, only to die in a later battle. The story was abbreviated and amended numerous times and had been presented as a play in English more than once when Shakespeare decided to tackle the story. By that time it had been changed almost beyond recognition--Hamlet's mother, who had originally been forced to marry her brother-in-law, was now an accessory to his usurpation of the throne, while Hamlet had been turned into a Christian and aged a number of years.



Since ''Hamlet'' is almost always performed with cuts (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.

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Since ''Hamlet'' is almost always performed with cuts (Hamlet is (as 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.



* OedipusComplex: Hamlet's relationship to his parents is sometimes seen as this. Notably, Creator/SigmundFreud himself thought so, saying that ''Hamlet'' is, "rooted in the same soil as Theatre/OedipusRex."
1st Apr '18 4:50:56 PM GoatGod
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* OedipusComplex: Hamlet's relationship to his parents is sometimes seen as this. Notably, Creator/SigmundFreud himself thought so, saying that ''Hamlet'' is, "rooted in the same soil as Theatre/OedipusRex."
1st Apr '18 3:18:04 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* HypocriticalHumour: In Branagh's version, Polonius has just had sex with a prostitute before giving instructions to the spy he is sending to England to check that his son is behaving virtuously and chastely.
20th Mar '18 11:08:47 PM Dravencour
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* TragicMistake: Hamlet's downfall can be traced back to the prayer scene: Hamlet has [[BluffingTheMurderer confirmed Claudius's guilt]] with the Mousetrap, and now he runs across his uncle at prayer, unaware and vulnerable. It would be the perfect moment to finish his revenge once and for all . . . [[SwordOverHead but he doesn't]], worrying that Claudius's soul, released while praying, will go straight to Heaven, unlike Hamlet's father, who has claimed to be enduring fiery punishment for the sins he was not given time to confess. But despite Hamlet's noble intentions, the play goes downhill for him from there on out.

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* TragicMistake: The mistake that leads to Hamlet's downfall can be traced back to the prayer scene: scene, where he doesn't kill Claudius when he has the chance. Hamlet has [[BluffingTheMurderer confirmed Claudius's guilt]] with the Mousetrap, and now he runs across his uncle at prayer, unaware and vulnerable. It would be the perfect moment to finish his revenge once and for all . . . [[SwordOverHead but he doesn't]], worrying that Claudius's soul, released while praying, will go straight to Heaven, unlike Hamlet's father, who has claimed to be enduring fiery punishment for the sins he was not given time to confess. But despite Hamlet's noble intentions, the play goes downhill for him from there on out.
23rd Feb '18 8:33:01 AM TheGreatConversation
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* IconicItem: The skull of Yorick[[note]]which is [[RuleOfSymbolism not actually the skull of Yorick]][[/note]] disinterred by the Gravedigger, which Hamlet [[AlasPoorYorick has a little chat with]]. Most advertisements and amateur depictions feature the skull in some way.
7th Feb '18 2:09:35 PM TheGreatConversation
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* FriendsAreChosenFamilyArent: Hamlet is a thoughtful, academic fellow who has friends both close and distant, and a developing romance with a girl who has even stronger feelings for him. Unfortunately, his uncle turns out to have murdered his father and married his mother to usurp the throne that should be Hamlet's.

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* FriendsAreChosenFamilyArent: Hamlet is a thoughtful, academic fellow who has friends both close and distant, distant and a developing romance with a girl who has even stronger feelings for him. Unfortunately, his uncle turns out to have murdered his father and married his mother to usurp the throne that should be Hamlet's.



* IncestIsRelative: At the time of the setting, marrying your late husband's brother (a la Gertrude) would have been considered incest. The rest of the Danish court doesn't seem to care, but Hamlet is pretty squicked at the idea of his mother and his uncle doing the nasty.

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* IncestIsRelative: At the time of the setting, marrying your late husband's brother (a la (ala Gertrude) would have been considered incest. The rest of the Danish court doesn't seem to care, but Hamlet is pretty squicked at the idea of his mother and his uncle doing the nasty.



* LoveLetter: Hemlet has written quite a few to Ophelia. Polonius [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents reads one aloud to the King and Queen]], and Ophelia later tries to return the lot to Hamlet, at which he [[{{Gaslighting}} denies ever writing them]].

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* LoveLetter: Hemlet Hamlet has written quite a few to Ophelia. Polonius [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents reads one aloud to the King and Queen]], and Ophelia later tries to return the lot to Hamlet, at which he [[{{Gaslighting}} denies ever writing them]].
7th Feb '18 2:04:53 PM TheGreatConversation
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* EmotionsVsStoicism: A recurring theme, from Hamlet's "But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue" to Fortinbras's calm remark that he has "some rights of memory" prompting him to seize the throne of Denmark.[[note]]The last king killed his father.[[/note]]

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* EmotionsVsStoicism: A recurring theme, from Hamlet's "But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue" to Fortinbras's calm remark that he has "some rights of memory" prompting him to seize the throne of Denmark.[[note]]The last king killed ''killed his father.father''.[[/note]]



* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Hamlet has "been in continual practise" at fencing since Laertes went to France. Even though not a word has been uttered about it until now and it directly contradicts Hamlet's earlier assertion that he has "foregone all customs of exercise."

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* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Hamlet has "been in continual practise" at fencing since Laertes went to France. Even though not a word has been uttered about it until now and it directly contradicts Hamlet's earlier assertion that he has "foregone "forgone all customs of exercise."
7th Feb '18 2:00:24 PM TheGreatConversation
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* StallingTheSip: A poisoned pearl is being dropped into a drink for Hamlet to drink. He never really gets around to it (he's busy swordfighting) before Gertrude proposes a toast and drinks the tainted wine. For that matter, one of the swords in the swordfight is poisoned as well, and takes quite awhile to hit its intended target (and takes down another while it's at it)

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* StallingTheSip: A Mid-duel, Hamlet is given the cup of wine poisoned pearl by Claudius. He lifts it to his mouth, alllllmost drinks . . .
-->'''Hamlet:''' I'll play this bout first; set it by awhile.
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is being dropped into a drink for Hamlet up to drink. He never really interpretation whether he suspects or just gets around to it (he's busy swordfighting) before extremely lucky. In the end, Gertrude proposes a toast and drinks the tainted wine. For that matter, one of the swords in the swordfight is poisoned as well, and takes quite awhile to hit its intended target (and takes down another while it's at it)wine instead, which [[HeroicSacrifice could also be intentional]].
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