After a brief chat with my Mum about a poor production of 'Hamlet', it got me to thinking of an excellent film adaptation I saw years ago. Mel Gibson was Hamlet and Helena Bonham-Carter was Ophelia. Having studied 'Hamlet' at A-level too many years ago to be specific, I can remember a handful of quotes from the play. I'm sure I'll remember them to my dying day. Not so much because of the duration of my study or technique but because of my fascination with, and love of, The Bard.
One memory of my English A-level days is the difficulty I had in translating my understanding of the themes and structure into an essay of above average standard.
A fantastic teacher, Mrs Walker, gave up a handful of her lunchtimes out of the goodness of her literature-filled heart and nurtured a few of us on how to breakdown the points of a play and then expand the points into a structured essay that makes sense. She truly was an inspiration. Like the quotes, I will never forget her passion and patience.
Back to The Bard ~ I do love a bit of Shakespeare. In fact Olde English literature such as Ben Jonson ('Volpone') and of course Geoffrey Chaucer ('The Miller's Tale) were both works of literature that gripped me and I thoroughly enjoyed breaking each scene down, and down again into intricate studies.
The language, the double entendres, the wit, the sarcasm, the tragedy.
Ah, the tragedy.
"The rest is silence." William Shakespeare, 'Hamlet' 5.2
What's your favourite tragedy?
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