Hamlet Pedagogy

Hamlet Pedagogy

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  • Hamlet Act 3 Scene 3 The Evil of Claudius
  • I will avenge my father soon enough...
  • Hamlet Act 4 Scene 7 The Death of Ophelia
  • Hamlet Act 5 Scene 1 The Impermanence of Life
  • "A villain kills my father, and, for that, I, his sole son, do this same villain send To heaven." In Act 3 Scene 3 of Hamlet, Claudius pretends to seek absolution in the church allowing Hamlet an opportunity to get his revenge. However, Hamlet does not want to risk the chance of sending an absolved "villain" to heavenly reward. 
  • "Pulled the poor wretch from her melodious lay To muddy death." In Act 4 Scene 7, it is revealed that Ophelia committed suicide by drowning herself in a fit of madness. This scene is a conclusion for a woman who suffered abuses at the hands of her father (as a pawn) &her lover, Hamlet.  Ophelia "was a heroine who rebels against gender stereotypes and the social order, at enormous cost." (Showalter)
  • " Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest" Hamlet is faced with reality of death in the graveyard upon his return to Elsinor. The monologue with the skull, is one of the most recognizable scenes from the play. Hamlet remembers Yorick.  this recognition shows that identity is tied with the memory. Without memorial, those who die are lost to oblivion.
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