About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering the literary themes and setting of Hamlet will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to understand the setting and underlying themes of this story. 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 various settings and themes from 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 Themes & Setting 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 Themes & Setting chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any literature question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the themes and setting explored in Hamlet for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:
- Time period and setting of Hamlet
- History of Elsinore Castle
- Analysis of the themes of religion, depression, poison and death
1. Setting & Time Period of Hamlet
In his iconic 1603 play, ''Hamlet'', William Shakespeare creates one of the most memorable title characters in English literature. Hamlet is very much a man of his time and place, driven and damaged by the emergence of our modern world.
2. Elsinore Castle in Shakespeare's Hamlet: History & Overview
One of William Shakespeare's most popular plays is Hamlet. Hamlet tells the story of a young prince in Denmark and takes place at a castle in the town of Elsinore. Learn more about the history of Elsinore Castle and test your knowledge with a quiz.
3. Religion in Hamlet
Shakespeare's nuanced treatment of religion in Hamlet has been the subject of much scholarly debate. This lesson discusses the apparent convictions of the play's characters and their implications for the drama and how it was perceived by Shakespeare's first audiences.
4. Depression in Hamlet
One of the things that gives Shakespeare's writing its impact is his deep insight into human nature. In 'Hamlet,' Shakespeare's sensitive portrayal of grief and depression gives depth to the title character.
5. Poison in Hamlet
This lesson will discuss the literal and symbolic significance of poison and its effect on various characters in William Shakespeare's tragedy, Hamlet.
6. Death in Hamlet
In this lesson, you'll learn about the theme of death which runs throughout the tragic Shakespearean play, Hamlet by exploring murder, suicide, and the after-life within the play.
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