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Hamlet. By William Shakespeare. Why do we have to read this?. Also known as “Objectives”. #1. Explain why Fortinbras and Hamlet are foil characters and explain what a foil character is . #2. Identify soliloquies, monologues , and asides . #3. Paraphrase Hamlet’s

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By William Shakespeare

why do we have to read this

Why do we have to read this?

Also known as “Objectives”


#1. Explain why Fortinbras and Hamlet are foil characters and explain what a foil character is.


#2. Identify soliloquies,

  • monologues, and asides.

#3. Paraphrase Hamlet’s

  • soliloquies and other lines
  • from the play

#4. Identify internal and external

  • conflicts within the play.

#5. Cite evidence to support

  • Hamlet as a revenge tragedy

#6. Explain blank verse and

  • cite examples of blank verse
  • within the text.

#7. Provide evidence to

  • support or refute Hamlet
  • as a misogynist.
shakespeare s birthplace
Shakespeare’s Birthplace

April 23, 1564


Parents were John and Mary

  • Children:
    • Susanna (Married a doctor, was named heir to Shakespeare’s estate)
    • Twins: Judith and Hamnet
    • After the birth of the twins, there is a seven year gap where no records of Shakespeare exist “The Lost Years”
    • Hamnet died at age 11

Wife: Anne Hathaway

Wealthy, older woman (he was 18 and she was 26)

Was pregnant when they married

shakespeare s language

Shakespeare’s Language

Words, words, words

poetic compressions
Poetic Compressions

“What think you on ‘t?”

“Know know’st ‘tis common; all that lives must die.”

I’m looking for a word that fits, but I just can’t find one. I guess I’ll make up a new word.

word play
Word Play
  • “tenders” - meaning affection and coins
  • “son” - meaning son and sun

Words that sound the same are used for dramatic irony

sentence structure
Sentence Structure
  • Subject/Verb Inversion
    • Thirsty, am I.
    • Walked, she did.

Think Yoda. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9swVmOxS6hQ

words words words

Words, Words, Words!

Shakespeare added over 1, 700 words to our language.


academe accused addiction advertising amazement

arouse assassination backing bandit bedroom

beached besmirch birthplace blanket bloodstained

barefaced blushing bet bump buzzer

caked cater champion circumstantial cold-blooded

compromise courtship countless critic dauntless

dawn deafening discontent dishearten drugged

dwindle epileptic equivocal elbow excitement

exposure eyeball fashionable fixture flawed

frugal generous gloomy gossip green-eyed

gust hint

gnarled grovel



hurried impede

impartial invulnerable jaded label lackluster

laughable lonely lower luggage lustrous

madcap majestic marketable metamorphize mimic

monumental moonbeam mountaineer negotiate noiseless

obscene outbreak

panders pedant premeditated puking radiance

rant remorseless savagery scuffle secure

skim milk submerge summit swagger torture

tranquil undress unreal varied vaulting

worthless zany


No one…..ever…has contributed more to the English language. Not bad for a 6th grade public school graduate!

shakespeare quotes you already know
Shakespeare quotes you already know
  • To be or not to be, that is the question
  • Neither a borrower nor a lender be
  • This above all: To thine own self be true
  • Madness in great ones much not unwatched go
modern versions
Modern Versions

Lion King


modern versions1
Modern Versions

10 Things I Hate About You

Taming of the Shrew

modern versions2
Modern Versions

She’s the Man

Twelfth Nigh

no fear shakespeare
No fear Shakespeare!

Always read the textual notes on the left side of the book!