Jamie JenningsEnglish IV HonorsTitle: HamletAuthor: William ShakespeareDate of Publication: 1603Genre: TragedyHistorical Information:(This should be historical information about the era the book was written)Hamlet was written and published in the early seventeenth century, London England, during theElizabethan era. The Elizabethan era takes place during the height of the Renaissance, alsoknown as Britain’s “Golden Age”. Characterized by the revival of Greek and Roman culture, theemphasis of humanism, individualism and secularism produced great cultural and intellectualworks in the form of literature, music, science, and art. The height of exploration was takingplace as well as the protestant reformation. Also, in 1603 Queen Elizabeth dies, and her cousinKing James VI takes over, uniting Scotland and England. So, all of this is happening under therule of a highly centralized monarchy.Biographical Information About the Author:(This should include background of author as well as other works.)William Shakespeare was born 1564 in Stratford in Avon, England. In 1582 he wedded AnneHathaway, an older woman, and had three children with her. Besides grammar school he did notreceive an education. Shakespeare dropped out of school at the age of 14. Around 1590 he wentto London in order to become an actor and a playwright, and left his family behind. Shakespearebecame one of the most successful playwrights of England, and was owner of the Globe theatre.Queen Elizabeth and King James favored him. Shakespeare died in 1616, at the age of 52, in hishometown. Other works by William Shakespeare include “Antony and Cleopatra”, “As You LikeIt”, “The Comedy of Errors”, “Henry IV, Parts One and Two”, “Henry V”, “Julius Caesar”,“King Lear”, “Macbeth”, “The Merchant of Venice”, “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”, “MuchAdo About Nothing”, “Othello”, “Richard III”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Sonnets”, “The Taming ofthe Shrew”, “The Tempest”, and “The Twelfth Night”.Characteristics of Genre:Type: Drama, Tragedy
Jamie JenningsEnglish IV HonorsPurpose: To express the great paradoxes of life.Point of View: Third person omniscient*******Detailed Plot Summary: Please put this in order by Acts/Scenes/Chapters:(This is a detailed plot summary broken down into chapters. Please label the chapters or actsaccordingly.)ACT 1: The guards see a ghost which they believe is the last King Hamlet. They decide to tellhis son, Hamlet, to see if he can get it to speak, for it won’t speak to anyone. Hamlet is veryupset because of the death of his father, the quick marriage of his mother Gertrude to his UncleClaudius, and his love Ophelia isn't talking to him. When Hamlet speaks to the ghost, it tells himthat his father was killed by Claudius in order to get power and to marry Gertrude. Hamlet thusdecides to begin a plan to avenge his father’s death.