February 4

February 4 - HAMLET • Hamlet always grouped with Othello...

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February 4, 2009 William Shakespeare Married Ann Hathaway A daughter (Susannah) and twins (Hamnet and Judith) He left his family and went to London to make his way as a writer What are the three groups into which his plays are divided? Historical tragedies, revenge tragedies Comedies History plays (Julius Caesar, Richard III) The TEXT Prose (commoner) Verse (upper class) Iambic pentameter (stress on second syllable)
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Unformatted text preview: HAMLET • Hamlet always grouped with Othello, Macbeth, and King Lear • Verbal scene painting (stages were too small for lots of movement or scenery so language was important) • Women could perform in masques as long as it wasn’t a public performance • One character carries story forward • Hamlet is complex, full of thought • Claudius evil • Rosencrantz is a functionary character...
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