Hamlet, Part 4: Comparing and Contrasting Interpretations Flashcard Example #6326

What does Hamlet mean by “shuffled off this mortal coil”?
Dying
Which factors should be considered when evaluating whether an adaptation is a success? Check all that apply.
1. The particular choices made in the adaptation
2. The effects of the choices made in the adaptation
3. Why the choices made in the adaptation are effective
What does this soliloquy reveal about Hamlet’s character?

Hamlet: To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?

He is troubled and uncertain.
Which word in the passage does Hamlet use to describe life?

‘That makes calamity of so long life’

Calamity
What does Hamlet believe prevents people from embracing death as a solution to life’s problems?

‘For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause.’

No one knows what happens after death
Based on this section of the soliloquy, which words best describe Hamlet’s attitude toward life?
Pessimistic and despairing
What does Hamlet mean when he refers to the “undiscover’d country”?
The afterlife
According to Hamlet, why do people endure fardels, or burdens?
They are worried about what they might face after death.
What does the soliloquy reveal about Hamlet’s character?
He is afraid of the unknown.
In his adaptation of Hamlet, Jonathan Price plays both Hamlet and the ghost. Which methods might Jonathan Price use to make it clear to the audience that he is playing both characters?
1. Changing his tone of voice
2. Changing his facial expression
3. Changing his posture
Which word does Hamlet use to describe those who choose to live?
Cowards
A performance of a play with changes in important elements, such as scenery, language, and ethnicity of characters, is called an ___________
Adaption
Which best describes a change an adaptation would make if Hamlet was set in modern times?
The play within the play is changed into a reality TV show.
How does an adaptation where the ghost and Hamlet are played by the same actor differ from an adaptation where the ghost and Hamlet are played by two separate actors?
By having the same actor play both parts, the two characters become one and Hamlet’s madness is confirmed.
In his adaptation of this excerpt, Laurence Olivier uses high cliffs as a background and he holds onto a knife. What effect do these choices have?
These choices emphasize the fact that Hamlet is considering taking his own life.
Which adaptation of this excerpt best indicates a change in time period?
Look at this computer tablet to highlight that you are all alone.

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