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Drama 9-20 - sly but then other times sympathetic and concern with ultimate morality(WHAT IS THE NATURE OF HAMLET”S INNER SELF why does he take

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Prince Hamlet vs. The World 9/20/10 Elizabethan Performance Conventions: 1. Outdoor, daytime performance 2. Male actors 3. Platform stage: neutral, fluid, flexible 4. Small emphasis on spactacle beyond color and costume 5. No “fourth wall” illusion Shakespeare’s dramaturgy: 1. language: blank verse (as well as prose) 2. rapid, continuous action 3. parallels and contrasts 4. soliloquy and asides 5. metatheatre: page 353 Hamlet’s first speech (proper limitation on grief and mourning and Hamlet has gone overboard What makes Hamlet different from the other characters Character types that Greek plays used as stock and play Soliloquy helps us empathize with the character; the mind is always in transition Takes us inside the character’s mind, reinforcing the inner world of character and unpacking their thoughts Upper mobility, potential for social change Unleashes darker passions Hamlet is trying to prove the ghost is real to keep his sanity Hamlet and uncle> new found grey zone that can cut either way; hamlet can seem ruthless and
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Unformatted text preview: sly but then other times sympathetic and concern with ultimate morality (WHAT IS THE NATURE OF HAMLET”S INNER SELF) why does he take so long to avenge his father’s murder? Is Hamlet in control of his own madness? Seeming vs. Being (truth vs. illuision) concept of metatheatre- reinforce the fictional nature of what we are watching rather than it being a seeming life-like mirror of everyday life Glee “Single Ladies” act reflects metatheatre (power of art and performance elements) Metatheatre (reflexivity)-pretense-artificiality-artifice How?-explicit THEATRICAL TERMS (stage, play, player, playhouse)-CONSCIOUS ROLE-PLAYING within plays-Use of PLAYS-WITHIN-PLAYS Why?-theatre’s “doubleness” (authentic truths and artificial experience to understand ourselves in the world around us) -mutable nature of reality, identity -parallels stage+life...
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