Review of Week 6

In this video, course educator Neil McLaren looks back over some of the highlights of the week, before being joined by the other educators for a final farewell.

Neil mentioned Rebecca McCallum’s ‘treasure trove’ of Hamlet links, and you can find them here. He also mentioned Necsa Ziur’s link to John Everett Millais’ famous Pre-Raphaelite painting of Ophelia. You can also check the new words coined by Zarina Deshmukh, Laura Marchionni, Alexandrina Ionita, Sangeeta Dz and many more.

If you haven’t read the play yet, then this illustrated Stick Figure Hamlet is a great place to start. It may sound silly, but you will be surprised how much it helps! You can also read a modern English version here in No Fear Shakespeare. And if you want to watch a truly excellent version of Hamlet’s famous soliloquy, try this one by Adrian Lester.

For a deeper look at Hamlet’s character, try this excellent analysis by William Hazlitt, one of the greatest essayists and literary critics of the early nineteenth century. And this British Library essay on Ophelia, gender and madness looks at why her character has fascinated us so much over the centuries.

Finally, you might enjoy 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. He speaks very fast but there are excellent subtitles.

As the educators mention in the video, you can continue your studies by joining our Exploring English: Language and Culture course, which has just started. You can keep in touch, continue your discussions and connect with other learners all around the world by joining our special Exploring English MOOC Group and following our LearnEnglish page on Facebook. And if you ever make it to Stratford upon Avon, don’t forget to take up Lisa’s invitation to visit the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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