— Drama/England; — Revenge, Fighting, Grieving; — Respect; Caring.

If we have little experience with an action, our anticipation of the consequences will be less accurate than if we have taken the action frequently in the past.

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

This analysis maximizes the play's relevance to teenagers by prompting them to work out their own feelings about "payback" (revenge). The background and discussion questions in this will introduce the process of critical thinking about great works of literature.


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

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

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

Not knowing the sword is poisoned, Hamlet begins to use it and pricks Laertes.) The unintended consequence of Laertes' act of revenge is his own death.

When you are away at school the King suddenly dies.

Everyone is different and when other people are affected by our actions, there is an increased risk that we won't accurately predict how they'll react.

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

based on the three scenes attached, a question that explores violence in the play, it's effect on characters, where it comes from etc. lost of resources here, planning grids, annotated paragraphs, sample intro etc

He says that your uncle killed him!!

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.

The ghost/father demands that you avenge his murder.

The attempt at simple revenge, even after the positive proof of Claudius' guilt at the play, makes Hamlet, like Romeo and Laertes, subject to the law of unintended consequences.

But your uncle is now the King and it is medieval times.

But he didn't know this until the very end of the play.) So, the question is not why didn't Hamlet act, the question is why did Hamlet wait to try to take revenge a second time?