Mel Gibson's portrayal of Hamlet is strong and full of life.



8. Some commentators argue that the force of Hamlet's hatred of Claudius stemmed not from the fact that Claudius killed Hamlet's father but because Claudius has acted out Hamlet's own long-repressed Oedipal fantasy, i.e., to eliminate the father and marry the mother.

The action of the play is easy to follow and moves quickly.

Suggested portions to read are: Act One, Scene III through the exit of Laertes; Act Two, Scene II, beginning at line 575; Act Three, Scene I, beginning at line 56; Act Three, Scene II through the exit of the Players and Act Four, Scene IV.


The costumes, artistic design, and scenery are rich and beautiful.

SCIENTIFICTION: An older term for --see above.

In fourteenth-century Britain, sumptuary laws also indicated sexual status. For instance, only virgins were allowed to wear white in public--a fact that gets Margery Kempe of The Book of Margery Kempe into trouble when, after giving birth to fourteen children, she undergoes a spiritual revelation and begins wearing white as she travels to York preaching.


You are a prince (princess) of Denmark.



Another excellent idea is to assign parts to several people in the class or the family or among friends and to read various scenes, or the entire play if you can.

Your father is this fabulous King who has won many victories.

Another possible answer is Gertrude, but by the end of the play, under the Ghost's tutelage, Hamlet has forgiven her.

10. Should Hamlet have forgiven Claudius for killing his father, seducing his mother, and stealing the crown?

Your mother is a beautiful queen.

The answer is "No." Given the absolute power of medieval monarchs and the fact that Claudius was intent on killing Hamlet, there was probably no way to deal with him other than assassination.

She raised you herself and you are closer to her than to anyone.




(Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule; Be tolerant of differences; Use good manners, not bad language; Be considerate of the feelings of others; Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone; Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements)

8. In the context of this play, when kings held absolute power and there was no independent justice system, can you think of any way to deal with Claudius other than to kill him?

When you are away at school the King suddenly dies.

Hamlet's actions towards his former friends lacked both respect (in that he caused them harm unnecessarily) and caring (in that he didn't forgive them).

7. Who acts more unethically toward the other, Hamlet or Laertes?

And then a ghost appears who looks just like your father.

For example, the instructions to the English King that Hamlet forged could have required that they should be exiled from England, or imprisoned for a year and then released.