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Commentary on oral assessment - Hamlet.

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Lana Stock 11W2 ~ Commentary on oral assessment ~ ~ HAMLET ~ To begin with in the play, Hamlet is faking his madness but as the play goes on it is questionable to whether he slips into real madness. To look at Hamlets changing state of mind in the play we focused on three soliloquies, as this is where what is going on inside his head is expressed. We also looked at the characteristics of other central characters such as Claudius and Ophellia. The three soliloquies we looked at were 2.2.101, 3.1.56 and 3.2.348. To help with our presentation we had a visual aid to help us, we used a large sheet of coloured sugar paper and wrote key notes about the three soliloquies on it in clear thick pens so it could be easily read by the class. ...read more.


The Oedipus Complex is the theory that a young boy is sexually attracted to his mother up until puberty, this is like Hamlet because he is jealous of his mother and doesn't like her sleeping with Claudius. In our presentation we discussed each soliloquy in turn, first saying what the soliloquy was about and then saying how we would stage it as a play. We brought into our presentation the research we had carried out and discussed the Oedipus complex. Here is a brief summary of the three soliloquies, in the first soliloquy Hamlet is guilty that he hasn't cried since his father's death, and feeling rather depressed. He also starts to question himself about whether the spirit he was good or evil, or whether it was the devil. ...read more.


I think that Hamlet is not really mad at the beginning of the play when he is putting it on, but as the play goes on is no longer pretending, and is truly insane. I think this is demonstrated in the three soliloquies especially, as this is where we get to look into his mind to see what he is really thinking and feeling. I think our presentation went extremely well as we discussed everything in detail as well as bringing our research into it. Next time I would use more visual aid, maybe a few OHP slides to show the setting I would use for the play, and maybe a suitable video clip. I would also try to get the class more involved by asking questions and asking for their own personal opinions. ...read more.

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