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Department
Theater
Course
THTR 1
Professor
King
Semester
Fall

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Play Anamysis Hamlet Notes Pt.1  Tragedy is rooted in the very beginning of ancient plays  Superobjective has to connect to downfall and an actor playing a role has to choose “to be or not to be?” or “to do or not to do?”  In Hamlet, the ghost gives Hamlet a superobjective/ objective o but for Hamlet it is very difficult to follow through the transformation of not having an objective to having one o Hamlet and therefore actor have to 'think through' their entire objective  Hamlet is a modern tragic character, he was a whole new way to understand the tragic character  Herakleitos- pre-socratic philosopher o very few existing works o "Ethos anthropos daimon" = Character is the daemon (personal fate) of a human being in modernity daemon and demon share the same route but have negative connotation.  In ancient Greek daemon has to do with personal fate, good and bad.  Humanistic notion of fate  your daemon depends on your character o Good character= good daemon o Bad/ flawed character= bad daemon  Moira: fortune or misfortune of someone's life —> Gk word for fate also meant portion, as in portion of life, or land as in o In ancient phase, tragedy is about bind caused by moira -"one's lot in life," but also "lottery"  Hamlet 5.2.7-11* “let us know Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well When our deep plots do pall; and that should learn us There‟s a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will—”  Hamlet sees himself in a revenge play or plot (but he faltered) and he is referring to a dimity that shapes his ends rather than himself o This is him accepting the divinity that will shape his destiny—> Daemon o Since Hamlet is a more modern tragedy, the religious "divinity" Hamlet may be referring to is questionable. Shakespeare was written during a time of the transformation of Drama —> -Began with theology and biblical dramas -Moved on to Morality plays—> Instruct and develop an argument for a way of thinking o Emergence of the "vice" character or a character that stands for evil  grapple for human soul, figure of temptation  Allows an understanding of going toward evil—> seeing the many faces of vice and study them  Seductive figure that plays with psychology of character, attractive  Vice character would turn to the audience and speak to them…  Vice as evil  Vice seems to be derived from word for "turning" (turning towards audience= very new and different connection)  Villain= "countryfolk" bad mannered, not noble —> came to mean evil in plays  Hamlet 1.2 Seems, madam? Nay, it is. I know not „seems‟. „Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother, Nor customary suits of solemn black, Nor windy suspira
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