Good Morning Folks!
As you sit here this morning, I am thousands of miles above the Earth, en route to Philadelphia, then Brussels, then The Gambia. I am so sorry to miss going through Act V with you, but I am confident in your temporary pilot. I am sure we will revisit Hamlet in January, though, so have no fear!
Today, your task is to read Act V with Mr. Winkelmann; remember to fill out your score cards, and help each other sort
out the meaning. Watching it Monday will help! Be aware, you'll be meeting poor Yorick, the Ghost Hamlet's old fool (his clown so-to-speak). Hamlet will come across him being dug up to make way for Ophelia (Yes, they actually did reuse graves).
With Yorick's re-emergence into the light, other topics are brought up (word play). Remember, the plague was at work in Elizabethan England. That meant that grave space was at a premium. Need a place to bury someone? For a fee, that lovely spot close to the churchyard could be purchased; even better, pay to have someone buried at night. Otherwise, it was off to the mass grave. Yorick was undertaking (word play) a process of being removed and taken to the charnel house where his bones, now clean of flesh, would be burned. Lovely, yes? Poor Yorick indeed. Some info on burial practices here: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=7688
One more gift: Here is a Wiki in Danish about Hamlet: http://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamlet
Three versions of Act V (this may take two days): Tennant (Doran, Royal Shakespeare Company), Branagh (Branagh), and Gibson (Zefferelli). This should be fun! I would focus on the final scene for notes, don’t cha think? That
would be Act V, scene II.
Tennant: V.i http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLO5IdAl-q8
V.ii part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3kkKldrYvU
V.ii part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9VZp7IFfXQ
Branagh: V.i http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_GqWC_uIfs
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbRnOQmmZY0
End (terrible version, sorry) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpNFvkizozI
Zeffirelli version only available in class.
Act V Quiz, complete comparisons, and do your character questions or work on memorization.
HW - MEMORIZE your soliloquy! Can't find it? Click "Hamlet Soliloquies" in the categories to the right. All posts related to that are available to you there.
Here are tips for Memorization: