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Shakespeare's Hamlet: Summary and Discussion

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Mr. Nance gives a summary of Shakespeare's Hamlet and then discusses themes of madness, indecision, and grief within the play.
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Olive (1 month ago)
What music is it at the start of this video, may I ask? The one you use with your title card?
Zzz Heydon (2 months ago)
Just saying you can't really claim Claudius is a "weak" King. He is efficient and calculated and one of the main questions the play raises is whether you can be immoral and be a good king
Gavin Naicker (3 months ago)
Perfect summary...I wrote every single word you said on a page & baheated it (since your wording is fluent & accurate). Helped me alot for my Essay. Thanks sir.
Felicity Rahmanzaee (5 months ago)
Such a wonderful human being you are I love tho way you explain everything thank you ssooooo much keep up the amazing fantastic workkk
nobodyknows (6 months ago)
Thanks for the help:) I really appreciate it cuz I have an essay on Hamlet!
Maya Ji (6 months ago)
The great thing about hamlet it a unique style . sometime I see it a first philosophy show
Kiran Kumar Dang (7 months ago)
Thanks a lot sir for your help
Johnny Salter (7 months ago)
Thank you so much for doing this. You make it very easy to understand, I've stumbled with Hamlet for years.
Brad Oswald (7 months ago)
Its so cool how your hair moves after every sentence.
Megha M (8 months ago)
Tim! You are soooo good!!!
Tim Nance (8 months ago)
Wow, thanks!
Exol For Ever (8 months ago)
Assalamualaikum , Can any one help me ? I need solutions to these questions, Who doed hamlet react to seeb the ghost for the first time ? Why do the guards and Horatio try to prevent Hamlet to follow the ghost by power? How does Hamlet react to that ? Why does this indicates About Hamlet character ? To What extent Hamlet believed the ghost's theority ? ( the theority of murderer) What does the ghost accuse the king of ? How does the ghost narration go online with what Hamlet was already declared ?? What about the queen? What can we (helmet & his mother ) accuse her of ? What does helmet promise to do ? How does hamlet decided to carry on his plan by what technique ?
Exol For Ever (8 months ago)
@Tim Nance Yes, thank you very much .
Tim Nance (8 months ago)
Is this your homework? I recommend listening to the summary and skimming the text again for these answers. You’ll get more out of it if you find these answers on your own.
Alex K (8 months ago)
Love the commentaries and approach! Thank you so much for making this.
Busisa Madikizela (8 months ago)
Love you man
vinod godara (10 months ago)
excellent fantastic ...except the speed...your videos are marvellous thanks a lot
Ruari Warren (1 year ago)
Um, rosencrantz and guildenstern were killed by pirates? Are you thinking of the De Asta Hamlet film? 14:22
Ruari Warren (1 year ago)
Huh, I must have missed that. Also, wow Hamlet's a dickhead.
Tim Nance (1 year ago)
No, their ship was attacked by pirates, but they were killed by the king of England, thanks to the switched letter. In 5.2 Hamlet tells the story to Horatio, saying, “An earnest conjuration from the king... That, on the view and knowing of these contents, Without debatement further, more or less, He should the bearers put to sudden death, Not shriving-time allow'd.”
David Valle (1 year ago)
10:57 he really just said that
David Valle (1 year ago)
Kate Iln (1 year ago)
thanks that was amazing
Alana Terry (1 year ago)
thank u
Michael Varga (1 year ago)
Great overview of the themes of the play. You are a gifted analyst who makes the themes of grief, indecision, and family betrayal become oh-so-clear in Hamlet. Thank you for the work you do.
Tim Nance (1 year ago)
Thank you!
Boyyo (1 year ago)
Could you please make a video for Othello?
Tim Nance (1 year ago)
+Boyyo I'm actually going to teach Othello this semester, so I'll try to make a video in the next few weeks if I have time.
Dixie Pena (1 year ago)
Bruh, please answer my question. Is Hamlet really necessary? Why can't we just remove it from the high school curriculum and replace it with something newer?
Tim Nance (1 year ago)
You realize, I presume, that your question is loaded. "Necessary" isn't an easy term to define, and it's possible that you're less interested in a logical defense of Hamlet than you are in a forum to express your annoyance with it. That's fine. I'm going to try to answer your question anyway, and you can take it or leave it. So, your complaint about Hamlet is that it is old. If you feel that it is too old to be relevant, I disagree. Hamlet deals with depression, grief, betrayal, indecision, procrastination, conflict with parents, conflict with girl/boyfriends, dangerous secrets and many other issues that are exactly the kind of experiences high school students deal with. Maybe young people today see fewer ghosts and murderous uncles, but the themes are still true to life. If you feel that Hamlet's language is too difficult because it is old, I suggest working through it anyway. Just because something is challenging doesn't make it a waste of time. In fact, most of the things that make us grow and become better human beings are challenging. However, things that come easy to us help us build confidence and enjoyment, and things that are really hard can be frustrating. I recommend listening to or watching Hamlet as you go--then at least you'll see how its intended to be presented instead of merely struggling with the language in front of you. I also recommend getting the Folgers edition of Hamlet and reading the introduction on how to deal with his language. It's very good and has many tips for navigating and appreciating what he's doing with his poetry. Once you work past the hard stuff, the text is so rewarding, full of humor and beauty and brilliance. Shakespeare is one of the greatest masters of language and poetry of all time, and to replace him as you suggest with a modern text would certainly lose an experience with language that you can't find in other places. Who would you replace him with? I think there's a lot of fantastic modern and current authors and texts, but something else is lost when you ignore Shakespeare: the debt most authors owe him. You'll find references and allusions to Shakespeare everywhere, not to mention he invented a significant part of our language. The number of times one of his lines becomes the title of a song or a film or a novel, etc, is astounding, and quotes and tributes show up in everything from a joke book to an epic. Seems like he's worth keeping around simply because he's written into the fabric of language and culture. Also, don't presume a modern author will be easier just by being newer. I think my students struggle significantly less with Hamlet than they do with Annie Dillard (whose philosophical musings stretch one's brains in a hundred directions at once) or at times A. S. Byatt (whose layers of criticism and intellectual analyses in the midst of storytelling make my students dizzy). Both those authors are still alive and writing. Don't give up on Hamlet yet. If you have to express your frustration, that's okay. It's not a breeze. But it is worth reading.
Arnel Ariate (1 year ago)
Thank you for your entertaining and informative review! I used your video in my blog: https://www.writerer.com/blog/post/eye-opening-famous-books-for-really-devoted-writers
Nancy A (1 year ago)
really I love ur class
Chandrapal Singh (2 years ago)
Suuuuuuuperb way to explain
Haddock (2 years ago)
Hamlet is near 30, but still studying, he was not prepared for the REAL politics he would have to face when, eventually, he would become a king. So, he's an immature man, struggling in the face of something destined to him by his own dead father(His destiny, laid on him by almost god himself, as an spirit couldn't appear without god's order), something that would be SO EASY for someone like Macbeth. I think that Hamlet shows the need to become stronger, to step up to the hard paths in life, to be more balanced with the nature of man(To kill when needed, something any warrior would do laughing). Hamlet is almost the modern man, thinks too much, acts too little. That's how I see it, I never attended to any class about it, so I can be wrong.
Tim Nance (2 years ago)
+Alexandre Nice! And he compensates for his ineptitude by running his smart mouth all the time.
Menace_. (2 years ago)
We've just started on Hamlet. Thanks!
What Alien? (2 years ago)
Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
thirdeyedmarie (2 years ago)
We were studying Hamlet in class and there is some speculation that Hamlet is 16.
thirdeyedmarie (2 years ago)
Tim Nance (2 years ago)
+Kricket Marie He does procrastinate like a teenager, doesn't he? But evidence in Act V, scene i, indicates closer to 30: Yorick's been dead 23 years now, and Hamlet remembers him from childhood.
Ajay Kumar Meena (2 years ago)
nyc within knowledge
Rpm 566 (2 years ago)
thank you. that was good..
Laura Iseley (2 years ago)
I have a Hamet test tomorrow and while my class was reading it I was so lost, but your entertaining and informative video made the whole book gain much more clarity! Thank you!
Jarryd Cockerill (1 year ago)
SANA NANICK (1 year ago)
can we discuss Hamlet
Tim Nance (2 years ago)
+Laura Jones Good luck on the test!
alan alho (2 years ago)
thank you so much you just helped me pass my grade 10 english paper !
melissa sardaneh (3 years ago)
You are a blessing thank you so much
Tim Nance (3 years ago)
+melissa sardaneh You're welcome!
E Bow (3 years ago)
good summary
xiong xiting (3 years ago)
nice video and oratory speech
Nicole Gammie (3 years ago)
Hi, thank you so much for this! it was so useful as I'm writing my English final tomorrow - if you have an email address and a few moments to spare I would love to email you and get your opinion on some questions about Hamlet. Thanks again!
Tim Nance (3 years ago)
+Nicole Gammie Certainly. I don't mind. I sent you my email address via your channel messages. Or feel free to ask questions here as well.
Theo (3 years ago)
really well made and interesting :)
KingStix (3 years ago)
Adam Riga (3 years ago)
"Polonius begins to make a noise and Hamlet stabs him through the curtain thinking it's Claudius. Oops."  Lol. 5:06
Ajay Kumar Meena (2 years ago)
Adam Riga nice job
Shaydex (4 years ago)
This was really great and informative. Looking forward to Act 1 video  Thank you
Shaydex (3 years ago)
+Tim Nance (NanceNotes and Narwhals) hehe, definitely! nah, dont rush yourself. youre videos are great :)
Tim Nance (3 years ago)
@LadyShaydex You are OH SO patient. It's about time I finished this, isn't it?
Shaydex (3 years ago)
+Tim Nance (NanceNotes and Narwhals) Still Looking forward to it ...5 months later. :(
Tim Nance (4 years ago)
@LadyShaydex Thanks! I got swamped this year and had to cut back on a lot of projects, but next year looks promising for making videos! Starting back in August!

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