Ch 1: Hamlet Literary & Historical Context

About This Chapter

The Hamlet Literary & Historical Context chapter of this Hamlet by William Shakespeare Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the time period, author and genre of this play. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts about the literary and historical context of Hamlet.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Hamlet literary and historical context material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the historical context and literary background of this play. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing the literary and historical context of Hamlet
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual and auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Hamlet Literary & Historical Context chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only the information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Hamlet Literary & Historical Context chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the historical and literary context of Hamlet for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Authors and works from Renaissance literature
  • Timeline of the life and works of Shakespeare
  • Structure and components of Shakespeare's tragedies
  • Facts about Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
  • Historical context for when Hamlet was written
  • Differences between various film adaptations of Hamlet
  • Cultural importance and analysis of Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet movie

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Hamlet Literary & Historical Context
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

1. Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

Chances are, you've heard of the term 'Renaissance' before, but do you know what it means? Watch this video to learn about how this artistic movement forever altered England and the way we look at literature.

Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

2. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.

Shakespeare's Tragedy Plays: Elements & Structure

3. Shakespeare's Tragedy Plays: Elements & Structure

William Shakespeare is one of the most popular writers of all time. Many of the plays written by Shakespeare are known as tragedies. Learn more about Shakespeare's writings, including their elements and structure, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: History & Facts

4. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: History & Facts

The Globe Theatre is one of the most popular theatres in the world. There have been a number of plays performed at The Globe Theatre, including many of the plays written by William Shakespeare. Learn more about the theatre, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

When Was Hamlet Written? - Context & History

5. When Was Hamlet Written? - Context & History

The context in which ''Hamlet'' was written can help us understand this important work of English literature. However, the play's history and context are somewhat complicated due to the lack of information we have about this time period. This lesson will walk through what we know and don't know about the background of this important play.

Hamlet Film Adaptations

6. Hamlet Film Adaptations

This lesson discusses several notable film adaptations of Hamlet, looking at how directors and actors have used the art form of film to interpret William Shakespeare's masterpiece.

Kenneth Branagh's Movie Version of Hamlet

7. Kenneth Branagh's Movie Version of Hamlet

The 1996 film version of ''Hamlet,'' starring Kenneth Branagh, is considered by many to be the best film version of Shakespeare's most famous play and is famous for being the only unabridged version of the play, running just over four hours. However, it is more than that, as Branagh makes bold directorial choices that put his unique stamp on the play.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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