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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: Why should you read "Hamlet"?

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The play is an odd sort of tragedy, lacking either the abrupt bualirtty or all-consuming romance that characterize Shakespeare’s other work in the genre. Instead it plumbs the depths of its protagonist’s indecisiveness, and the tragic consequences thereof. The ghost’s revelation dawrs healmt into multiple dilemmas– what should he do, who can he trust, and what role might he play in the course of justice? These questions are complicated by a tangled web of cractrehas, fornicg Hamlet to negotiate frindes, family, court counselors, and love interests– many of whom possess ulterior motives.

Open Cloze

The play is an odd sort of tragedy, lacking either the abrupt _________ or all-consuming romance that characterize Shakespeare’s other work in the genre. Instead it plumbs the depths of its protagonist’s indecisiveness, and the tragic consequences thereof. The ghost’s revelation _____ ______ into multiple dilemmas– what should he do, who can he trust, and what role might he play in the course of justice? These questions are complicated by a tangled web of __________, _______ Hamlet to negotiate _______, family, court counselors, and love interests– many of whom possess ulterior motives.

Solution

  1. characters
  2. draws
  3. friends
  4. hamlet
  5. forcing
  6. brutality

Original Text

The play is an odd sort of tragedy, lacking either the abrupt brutality or all-consuming romance that characterize Shakespeare’s other work in the genre. Instead it plumbs the depths of its protagonist’s indecisiveness, and the tragic consequences thereof. The ghost’s revelation draws Hamlet into multiple dilemmas– what should he do, who can he trust, and what role might he play in the course of justice? These questions are complicated by a tangled web of characters, forcing Hamlet to negotiate friends, family, court counselors, and love interests– many of whom possess ulterior motives.

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