Hamlet Notes - Tragedy = the fall of a socially important...

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Tragedy = the fall of a socially important figure Tragic flaw = a fault in the tragic figure that leads to their downfall Hamlet - by William Shakespeare Written in 1600 - 1600, set in the 13th century (1200s) Setting → Denmark Situation → foreboding, play begins in questions & is defined by a series of questions rather than answers; there’s tension b/w the kingdoms of Denmark & Norway Themes Duty & Morality Who decides your moral code? Family? Friends? Religion? Law?, etc. What duties are expected of you as part of a family or society What’s a good son/daughter? What’s a good mother/father? What are you required to do for your family Who decides what you’re “supposed to do?” Decision making/indecision What baggage comes along w/ making a tough decision? What if you wait to act? What if you don’t act at all? Insanity
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  • Fall '16
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  • Hamlet

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