— Drama/England; — Revenge, Fighting, Grieving; — Respect; Caring.

10. What is it about the manner of Ophelia's death which is a symbol for her inability to deal with the several misfortunes that have befallen her?

Mel Gibson's portrayal of Hamlet is strong and full of life.

The action of the play is easy to follow and moves quickly.

The costumes, artistic design, and scenery are rich and beautiful.

Polonius appears to be a fool except for the advice that he gives to his son Laertes as the young man leaves Elsinore to continue his education in France.

There is sexual tension between Hamlet and Gertrude, his mother.

Very little in the Elsinore of "Hamlet" is what it seems.

For an introductory handout, setting the stage for watching the play, .

She raised you herself and you are closer to her than to anyone.

Other themes in the play include: decay and corruption; relationships between father and son; relationships between mother and son; friendship; romantic relationships; the corrupting influence of the desire for power; and the meaning and possibilities of stagecraft.

When you are away at school the King suddenly dies.

Such a realization or a moral code would have stopped Hamlet from trying to kill Claudius until it was clear that there was no other way to rid Denmark of the King's corrupting influence.

And then a ghost appears who looks just like your father.

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He says that your uncle killed him!!

Put another way, Hamlet's tragic flaw was that he lacked the understanding or a system of ethics to tell him that revenge for the sake of revenge was wrong.

The death throes of Gertrude, the Queen, may be disturbing to sensitive children.

If your child gets into it, go over as many of the as you can.

Everyone is different and when other people are affected by our actions, there is an increased risk that we won't accurately predict how they'll react.

The director intended this and it is part of the interpretation of the play.

For quick discussion questions relating to this movie, .

This is a production which shows Bengali families being beset with one tragedy after another. No, don’t worry, this is not going to be the plot of a mega serial – it will be Hamlet – told with all the mighty lines of Shakespeare, but in a Bengali setting. That’s right – this is a Bengali adaptation of Shakespeare, but not a bangla version of Shakespeare, as the lines are the bard’s.

The  section offers a concise interpretation of the play which is relevant to many teenagers.

Your father is this fabulous King who has won many victories.

While this shouldn't be the only "Hamlet" that children see, a good project would be to compare this version to the text of the play or to either the Gibson or the Brannagh films.