Hamlet

Hamlet

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Oxford School Shakespeare is an acclaimed edition especially designed for students, with accessible on-page notes and explanatory illustrations, clear background information, and rigorous but accessible scholarly credentials. In this edition of Hamlet, illustrations have been extended andupdated; the preliminary notes have been expanded; reading lists have been updated, and include websites; and the classroom notes have been brought in line with recent practice. Hamlet is a set text for 11-14 year olds in England and remains one of the most accessible and popular of Shakespeare'splays for secondary students the world over.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780198321071
0198321074
Branch Call Number: 822.33 S704 2007
Characteristics: xxvi, 178 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Gill, Roma

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 15, 2017

SPOILERS INCLUDED:
William Shakespeare's most famous and beloved play (and for good reason), Hamlet is a must read, even if you are made to read it in school. The complex, twisting plot of a young man setting out to avenge his father, the old king of Denmark, and the destruction he leaves in his wake is skillfully and wonderfully outlined by Shakespeare's writing, which proves once again to be phenomenal. Almost all of the characters can lead to detailed analysis and interpretation - did Ophelia kill herself? Is Claudius really a bad man? Does Horatio have feelings for Hamlet? All of these questions and more have to be answered by yourself - Shakespeare is the master of providing many possible outcomes without any definite answers, which makes for thrilling rereads that are as enjoyable as the first time.
- @reallylikesmusicals of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 08, 2016

This is one of, if not the greatest play ever written. Shakespeare isn’t respected as a master of language and poetry for nothing – this, among some of his other works, is a masterpiece. Hamlet is a fantastical play who’s characters and acts are so three dimensional they will being to appear in your real life months after reading, or seeing the play. If you put aside how it may be frustrating that the protagonist is so very flawed, this masterpiece is breathtaking, and will leave a lasting imprint on you. This is a must read.
- @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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tikirose
Jul 03, 2016

Read it , watched the Kenneth Branagh full length movie, now headed to see the live play in Ashland. Excuse me while I polish my litery halo.

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gogo12127
Jun 15, 2015

The Folger Shakespeare Library editions have prefatory information that is very useful, giving hints on the language of Shakespeare, briefly summarizing his life, providing background to the story, and describing theater life in Shakespeare's time.

As for this particular play, I often got bogged down with the frequent soliloquies, most notably those of Hamlet. Shakespeare scholars point to Polonius for his long-winded orations and for his pontificating ways, but Prince Hamlet seemed just as long-winded.

Hamlet is one of Shakespeare's tragedies, but it does read like history at times.

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omdarbandi
May 25, 2014

Very cool stories for students.

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The_Bill
May 31, 2010

Possibly Shakespeare's most enduring work, and his most interesting hero. In his wonderful creative-writing manual STORY, Robert McKee says (if I recall correctly, and I probably don't) that Hamlet has 32 dimensions in all - each one an axis of internal contradiction, a wavering across spectra of love, lust, hate, determination, insanity, indecisiveness, grief, exultation... Hamlet is a fascinating character.

According to a Shakespeare professor I followed on an internet forum, the reader best approaches HAMLET not by attempting to fix meanings onto symbols, but simply by trying to piece together the events of the narrative. Paying attention to which character thinks what and when reveals all kinds of interesting suggestions - eg. Polonius might have been in on the King's murder, and Hamlet himself might actually have been insane in some scenes. The play is full of rich details like this that exist to be winkled out.

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missmarple88 Apr 09, 2012

missmarple88 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Animentra8991
Sep 10, 2015

Hamlet recently lost his Father by his Uncle Claudius killing him by pouring poison in his ear. After that Claudius steals the throne and becomes King. Now, Hamlet's Father is after one thing, revenge and he wants Hamlet to do it. Will Hamlet succeed?

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