Focus on the ideas."Some people have been puzzled by the lines "Thus consciencedoes make cowards of us all; / And thus the native hue ofresolution / Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, /And enterprises of great pitch and moment / With this regard their currents turn awry / And lose the name of action."Not only is Hamlet talking about actual suicide -- he's alsotalking about "lifelong suicide" by doing nothing,choosing the easy passive approach to life.
"The readiness is all" -- being ready tolive and die with courage and integrityis all the answer that Hamlet willfind for death. Hamlet points out that nobody really knowswhat death is, so why be afraid to die young?
He then marries the Queen and rules over the kingdom.
At the end, Hamlet's fideism, a vague faith in God's ability tosort out the mess of this world without any morespecific religious dogma, is the kind of faith thatmany honest, thinking people have reached in our own day.
This explains the nonsenseabout "tragic flaws" and "hybris".
Hamlet replies, "O God, I could be boundedin a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space, were it notthat I have bad dreams." The friends continue to play on theidea that Hamlet's ambitious are being thwarted, sharing somecontemporary platitudes about the vanity of earthly ambitions.
If your child gets into it, go over as many of the as you can.
While they betrayed Hamlet at the behest of the King, Hamlet had many alternatives that would have protected himself from harm but which were not so drastic as to cause the death of his former friends.
If you want something nice,.What's here?
Again we have the theme of the play -- Hamlet chooses NOT toignore the evil around him, though everybody else has, or pretends to have,a "good attitude" toward a terrible situationThe spies suggest Hamlet is simply too ambitious.
The Folk TaleWe don't know whether there was a historical Oedipus.
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.
Teachers can modify the worksheets to fit the needs of each class.
(Note that Hamlet is obviously notreferring to the idea that there are no moral standards commonto the whole human race --as do certain contemporary "multiculturalists".
The Greeks pronounced it "oy-DEEP-us".
The killing of Polonius sets in motion the events that seal Hamlet's fate, motivating Laertes to kill Hamlet and making it clear to Claudius that Hamlet is a threat to his power.