There's a reason people call this Shakespeare's masterpiece: it's brilliant. Is Hamlet mad? Is Ophelia a cast-off lover? Why doesn't Hamlet kill Claudius when he has the chance? So many great issues are raised and warrant discussion.
Yes, the language can be tricky, but once you navigate the Elizabethan dialogue, you find a great play that has stood the test of time.
One of my favorites, though it makes me sad beyond belief.
In recent years, ways of dealing with Shakespeare's texts and with the interpretation of his plays have been undergoing significant change. This edition.....reflects these current ways of thinking about Shakespeare. (preface)
This series offers students and teachers the power and eloquence of Shakespeares plays with tools that can help make his work more accessible and meaningful. Each volume provides the complete play text side-by-side with explanatory notes. In addition, there is a general introduction to the life and work of Shakespeare, a brief treatment of an aspect of his language, background material on the Globe Theatre, as well as specific information on the play itself. Comprehensive questions and writing assignments for each act enhance understanding of the play.
This is part of the Pendulum Illustrated Series. It is perfect for high school students. The book is a comic version of the story. Yet, famous quotes are often left intact as written by Shakespeare himself. Includes vocabulary list and discussion questions at the end of the book.
An exciting new edition of complete works of Shakespeare with these features:
vivid, readable introductions for each playby noted scholar David Bevington
a lively, personal forward by Joseph Papp
an insightful essay on the play in performance
modern spelling and punctuation
comprehensive source material and scholarship for each play, with notes
up-to-date, annotated bibliographies
a convenient listing of key passages