The action of the play is easy to follow and moves quickly.

The costumes, artistic design, and scenery are rich and beautiful.

There is sexual tension between Hamlet and Gertrude, his mother.

While this shouldn't be the only "Hamlet" that children see, a good project would be to compare this version to the text of the play or to either the Gibson or the Brannagh films.

For an introductory handout, setting the stage for watching the play, .

He lies on top of her and humps to mock them.

SPATIAL ORGANIZATION: The arrangement of details or description in an easy-to-follow manner based on their location. For instance, an author might organize materials from left-to-right, front-to-back, east-to-west, near-to-far, inside-to-outside, etc. This method contrasts with chronological organization (i.e, arrangement in terms of time), or order of importance (i.e., arrangement in terms of least important to most important, or vice-versa). The method has been popular in composition partly because it was a traditional tool among classical rhetoricians. Such rhetoricians would encourage public speakers to memorize lengthy speeches by mentally constructing a "palace of memory," an imagined walking tour of a familiar place like a building, with the various points to be covered in the speech corresponding to different objects or locations in this imaginary structure. The 6th-century poet Simonides of Crete is one of the oldest classical figures to use the method.

The death throes of Gertrude, the Queen, may be disturbing to sensitive children.

Suggested portions to read are: Act One, Scene III through the exit of Laertes; Act Two, Scene II, beginning at line 575; Act Three, Scene I, beginning at line 56; Act Three, Scene II through the exit of the Players and Act Four, Scene IV.

The director intended this and it is part of the interpretation of the play.


If your child gets into it, go over as many of the as you can.

What does this say to you about Hamlet's world?

16. Compare Hamlet's world before his father was murdered to his world in Act V, after he returns from England.

Teachers can modify the worksheets to fit the needs of each class.

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For quick discussion questions relating to this movie, .



12. If Hamlet tries to use a play to "prick the conscience of the King," what is Shakespeare trying to do to our consciences in the larger play?

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STARINA: Another term in Russian literature for a bylina. See for further discussion.

You are a prince (princess) of Denmark.

The "Hamlet" directed by Kenneth Brannagh (1996), while excellent and encompassing the full text of the play, is less accessible to children than the Zeffirelli/Gibson version.

Your father is this fabulous King who has won many victories.



10. What is it about the manner of Ophelia's death which is a symbol for her inability to deal with the several misfortunes that have befallen her?

Your mother is a beautiful queen.

Others apply the Oedipal analysis in a different way and suggest that Hamlet can't kill Claudius while his mother is alive because Claudius has stepped into the role of the father in Hamlet's Oedipal fantasy.