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Review of Week 5

In this video Neil looks back at some interesting talking points from this week.

Neil starts by talking about the different opinions expressed at the start of the week and mentions Patricia Baldonedo’s view of Hamlet contrasted with Bill Belford’s. They both make good points, and so do many others, so take a look back to see what people have said. Next, Neil mentioned the list of famous lines from the play shared by Gouri S. If you’d like more, you can find the top thirty quotes from Hamlet here on No Sweat Shakespeare.

If you’re curious to watch the Italian Western Johnny Hamlet, or any of the other interesting and often unusual adaptations or offspring of Shakespeare’s original, take a look at Jenni Mac’s list, Josep M. Oroval’s post about the famous 1964 Russian film by Grigori Kozintsev and the many others shared on Step 5.2. It’s also worth looking at the famous painting of Ophelia by John Everett Millais shared by Linda Gilbert.

You can read Carolyn Perkins’ comments on Hamlet here, William Hazlitt’s 1817 essay on Hamlet’s character, and an interesting essay from the British Library on Ophelia, gender and madness.

The points on Gertrude’s character that Neil mentioned from Carmel Gummett-Kemp and others can be found on Step 5.3, along with Mengyi Xu’s comments on Hamlet. Neil mentioned Mª Victoria Menéndez’s on Hamlet’s psychology, and there are many more interesting discussions on this and more in Step 5.7. You can watch best-selling author John Green’s personal analysis of Hamlet in these two great videos, Ghosts, Murder, and More Murder - Hamlet Part I and Ophelia, Gertrude, and Regicide - Hamlet II.

Finally, you can learn more about iambic pentameter in this video lesson from TED Ed.

If you want to get ready for next week, both The Tempest and Hamlet audiobooks are free to stream right now on Audible and you can find them here.

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