Shakespeare’s troubled character comes to life in this program in the capable hands of leading scholars, as they discuss the major themes of the play, its plot, and the actions of its main characters. Analyzing key scenes, scholars Russell Jackson and Stanley Wells of Stratford-upon-Avon offer insights into the underlying meaning of Hamlet’s eloquent soliloquies, as well as the play’s eight violent deaths, adultery, ghostly haunting, and ultimate tragic end. Death and revenge are explored as major themes of the work, as well as Shakespeare’s playful inclusion of comedic relief. An analysis of Hamlet’s relationships with his mother and Ophelia provides interesting insights into his multifaceted character. (31 minutes)
This book aims to give students the basis for an informed discussion of Shakespeare's play and to explore it as a play profoundly concerned with the business of playing and the tragedy of Hamlet as a actor.
The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Tragedies by Janette Dillon
Call Number: Shelby Campus LRC: PR2983 .D55 2007
Publication Date: 2007-03-08
Macbeth clutches an imaginary dagger; Hamlet holds up Yorick's skull; Lear enters with Cordelia in his arms. Do these memorable and iconic moments have anything to tell us about the definition of Shakespearean tragedy? Is it in fact helpful to talk about 'Shakespearean tragedy' as a concept, or are there only Shakespearean tragedies? What kind of figure is the tragic hero? Is there always such a figure? What makes some plays more tragic than others? Beginning with a discussion of tragedy before Shakespeare and considering Shakespeare's tragedies chronologically one by one, this 2007 book seeks to investigate such questions in a way that highlights both the distinctiveness and shared concerns of each play within the broad trajectory of Shakespeare's developing exploration of tragic form.
Just as concerts emerge from the interaction of many instruments, so our understanding of Shakespeare is enriched by different approaches to him. Psychoanalysis assumes that creative writers have the need to both reveal and conceal their own inner conflicts in their works. They leave residues in their works that, if we pay attention, can become building blocks that reveal aspects of the unconscious. Using psychoanalytic techniques in analyzing his plays and characters, the author reveals more insights about Shakespeare's hidden motivations and mental health.