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Gertrude and Claudius are the “villains” of Hamlet: he the killer of Hamlet’s father and usurper of the Danish throne, she his lusty consort, who marries Claudius before her late husband’s body is cold. But in this imaginative “prequel” to the play, John Updike makes a case for the royal couple that Shakespeare only hinted at. Gertrude and Claudius are seen afresh against a background of fond intentions and family dysfunction, on a stage darkened by the ominous shadow of a sullen, erratic, disaffected prince. “I hoped to keep the texture light,” Updike said of this novel, “to move from the mists of Scandinavian legend into the daylight atmosphere of the Globe. I sought to narrate the romance that preceded the tragedy.”

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Genre: Fiction
Author: John Updike
Publisher: Random House
Release: 2001-06-15
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780375411632

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Gertrude and Claudius are the “villains” of Hamlet: he the killer of Hamlet’s father and usurper of the Danish throne, she his lusty consort, who marries Claudius before her late husband’s body is cold. But in this imaginative “prequel” to the play, John Updike makes a case for the royal couple that Shakespeare only hinted at. Gertrude and Claudius are seen afresh against a background of fond intentions and family dysfunction, on a stage darkened by the ominous shadow of a sullen, erratic, disaffected prince. “I hoped to keep the texture light,” Updike said of this novel, “to move from the mists of Scandinavian legend into the daylight atmosphere of the Globe. I sought to narrate the romance that preceded the tragedy.”

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Genre: Fiction
Author: John Updike
Publisher: Random House
Release: 2001-06-15
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780375411632

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William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

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Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher:
Release: 2019-03-31
File: 156 Pages
ISBN-13: 1092233423

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42 easy-to-read, ready-to-inspire sample essays on Shakespeare''s Hamlet. Inside you will find three 1,500-word essays on each of the following 14 characters, relationships and themes: #1: The Character of Hamlet Born a prince, parented by a jester, haunted by a ghost, destined to kill a king rather than become one, and remembered as the title character of a play he did not want to be in. #2: The Character of Claudius His "ambition" (3.3) for Denmark''s throne leads him to commit one murder only to find that he must plot a second to cover up the first. When this plan fails, his next scheme leads to his own death and that of the woman he loved. #3: The Character of Gertrude "Have you eyes?" (3.4), Prince Hamlet demands of his mother. Gertrude''s "o''erhasty marriage" (2.2) dooms her life and the lives of everyone around her when her wished-for, happily-ever-after fairytale ends in a bloodbath. #4: The Character of Ophelia Ophelia''s sanity is overwhelmed by Elsinore''s maddening world of deception and betrayal. Her "self-slaughter" (1.2) is her revenge against everyone who dismissed, silenced and humiliated her. #5: Relationship of Hamlet and the Ghost By surrendering Denmark to his rival''s son, Hamlet grants to the angry Ghost of his "dear father murdered" (2.2) the forgiveness his suffering soul needed more than the revenge he demanded. #6: Relationship of Hamlet and Claudius Claudius is haunted by the murder he has committed ("O heavy burden!", 3.1). Hamlet by the one he hasn''t yet ("Am I a coward?", 2.2). In the end, the prince by two means kills the "arrant knave" (1.5) whose poison claimed the lives of both his parents and who had twice plotted to murder him. #7: Relationship of Hamlet and Gertrude A haunted-by-the-past ("Must I remember?", 1.2) Hamlet seeks the truth about his father''s death. A live-in-the-moment ("All that is I see", 3.4) Gertrude seeks to protect her second husband and throne. #8: Relationship of Hamlet and Ophelia Their relationship begins in uncertainty, descends into mutual deceit and rejection, and ends with their double surrender to death: she, to the "weeping brook" (4.7); he, to Claudius'' "he shall not choose but fall" (4.7) rigged fencing duel. #9: Relationship of Hamlet and Horatio "Those friends thou hast ... Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel" (1.3). Horatio is Hamlet''s trusted confidant in life and vows to remain the keeper of his memory after the prince''s death. #10: Relationship of Claudius and Gertrude A marriage of practical interest. Claudius wanted something (the kingship) he did not have; Gertrude had something (the status of queen) she wanted to hold onto. #11: The Themes of Hamlet A king murdered, an inheritance stolen, a family divided: Elsinore''s older generation destroys its younger when two brothers -- one living, one undead -- battle in a "cursed spite" (1.5) over a crown and queen. #12: The Theme of Revenge Two young men journey from revenge, through obsession and anger, to forgiveness. And the revenge sought in act one by the Ghost on his brother Claudius becomes in act five the revenge of old King Fortinbras on old King Hamlet. #13: The Theme Deception and Appearance versus Reality ''Seems'' and ''is'' are as tragically far apart as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are comically similar in a play-long triple pun on the verb ''to act'': to take action, to behave deceitfully, and to perform in theater. #14: The Theme of Madness Is Hamlet ever really insane? If not, why is he pretending to be? Is the prince''s behavior the cause of Ophelia''s traumatic breakdown? Book website: www.essaykit.com.

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Author: Brendan Munnelly
Publisher: Independently Published
Release: 2018-04-12
File: 323 Pages
ISBN-13: 1980540519

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a play which, as it were, takes place in the wings of Hamlet, and finds both humour and poignancy in the situation of the ill-fated attendant lords. The National Theatre production in April 1967 made Tom Stoppard's reputation virtually overnight. Its wit, stagecraft and verbal verve remain as exhilarating as they were then and the play has become a contemporary classic. 'One of the most original and engaging of post-war plays.' Daily Telegraph

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Tom Stoppard
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Release: 2013-04-18
File: 128 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780571301096

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Author: Gertrude Grey
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Release: 1868
File: Pages
ISBN-13: OXFORD:600083065

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Hamlet's challenge: "You would pluck out the heart of my mystery - " Yes, we would. If we could. We can but try; and the best way to begin, this book suggests, is to share what distinguished actors, scholars, and critics have gleaned; and thus enriched by their experience forage in the text and come to know the play personally, intimately. Again and again Mr. Rosenberg will insist that only the individual reader or actor can determine Shakespeare's design of Hamlet's character - and of the play. More, the reader, to interpret Hamlet's words and actions at the many crises, needs to double in the role of actor, imagining the character from the inside as well as observing it from the outside. So every reader is deputed by the author to be an actor-reader, invited to participate within Hamlet's mystery. The critical moments are examined, the options and ambiguities discussed, and the decisions left to individual judgment and intuition. The mysteries of other major characters are similarly approached. What terrible sin haunts Gertrude, that she never confesses? What agonies hide behind Claudius' smile? Does Ophelia truly love Hamlet? Does she choose madness? What are Polonius' masked motives, as in using his daughter for bait for Hamlet? With how much effort must Laertes repress the conscience that finally torments him? Only the actor-reader can know. And the mystery of the play itself: by what magic did Shakespeare interweave poetic language, character, and stage action to create a drama that for centuries has absorbed the attention and admiration of readers and theatre audiences on every continent in the world? The reader-actor will find out. To prepare the actor-reader for insights, Mr. Rosenberg draws on major interpretations of the play worldwide, in theatre and in criticism, wherever possible from the first known performances to the present day. He discusses evidences of Hamlet's experience in Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, South America, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Yugoslavia. Theatres from a number of these countries provided the author with videotapes of their Hamlet performances; his study of these, and of films and recordings, and of a number of modern stagings in America and abroad, deepened his sense of the play, as did interviews with actors and directors, and insights sent to him by colleagues and friends from throughout the world. Mr. Rosenberg followed one Hamlet production through rehearsals to performance, for personal experience of the staging of the play he discusses, as he did in his earlier books, The Masks of Othello, The Masks of King Lear, and The Masks of Macbeth . And as with the latter two studies, he came upon further illuminations of Shakespeare's art by exposing Hamlet to "naive" spectators who had never read or seen the play.

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Genre: Drama
Author: Marvin Rosenberg
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
Release: 1992
File: 971 Pages
ISBN-13: 0874134803

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Macbeth is among the best-known of William Shakespeare's plays, and is his shortest tragedy, believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606. It is frequently performed at both amateur and professional levels, and has been adapted for opera, film, books, stage and screen. Often regarded as archetypal, the play tells of the dangers of the lust for power and the betrayal of friends. For the plot Shakespeare drew loosely on the historical account of King Macbeth of Scotland by Raphael Holinshed and that by the Scottish philosopher Hector Boece. There are many superstitions centred on the belief the play is somehow "cursed", and many actors will not mention the name of the play aloud, referring to it instead as "The Scottish play". (From Wikipedia)

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Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher:
Release: 2020-12-07
File: 110 Pages
ISBN-13: 9798578028625

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One of the signature novels of the American 1960s, Couples is a book that, when it debuted, scandalized the public with prose pictures of the way people live, and that today provides an engrossing epitaph to the short, happy life of the “post-Pill paradise.” It chronicles the interactions of ten young married couples in a seaside New England community who make a cult of sex and of themselves. The group of acquaintances form a magical circle, complete with ritualistic games, religious substitutions, a priest (Freddy Thorne), and a scapegoat (Piet Hanema). As with most American utopias, this one's existence is brief and unsustainable, but the “imaginative quest” that inspires its creation is eternal.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: John Updike
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Release: 1996
File: 458 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780449911907

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Passion, romance, drama, humor, and tragedy intertwine in this compulsively readable Hamlet retelling, from the perspective of a strong-willed, modern-day Ophelia. Meet Ophelia, high school senior, daughter of the Danish king's most trusted adviser, and longtime girlfriend of Prince Hamlet of Denmark. She lives a glamorous life and has a royal social circle, and her beautiful face is splashed across magazines and television screens. But it comes with a price--her life is ruled not only by Hamlet's fame and his overbearing royal family but also by the paparazzi who hound them wherever they go. After the sudden and suspicious death of his father, the king, the devastatingly handsome Hamlet spirals dangerously toward madness, and Ophelia finds herself torn, with no one to turn to. All Ophelia wants is to live a normal life. But when you date a prince, you have to play your part. Ophelia rides out this crazy roller coaster life, and lives to tell her story in live television interviews.

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Author: Michelle Ray
Publisher: Poppy
Release: 2011-07-05
File: 368 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780316134422

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