Ophelia, Gertrude, and Regicide – Hamlet II: Crash Course Literature 204

38 thoughts on “Ophelia, Gertrude, and Regicide – Hamlet II: Crash Course Literature 204

  1. wouldve liked to hear more about hamlet and laertes' relationship, in regards to his reluctance to marry ophelia

  2. We love ur course,plz make videos on 100 best drama & novels in ur words…waiting ur next video-from India….lover of literature ….

  3. The fact that Hamlet procrastinates isn't really true. He is very ready to avenge his father, he just wants to be sure that A. the ghost of his dad isn't the devil and B. Claudius really killed his dad. But once its confirmed he does it without hesitation. When he kills polonius thinking he's Claudius. But he also wants to make sure he can do it without getting in trouble. Not stupid, just smart.

  4. I don't think hamlet has an oedipus complex, I'd also get mad angry at my parents if one of them did what gertrude did, i think it's pretty normal for children to be jealous/protective of their parents, for example i don't like when men look at my mom lasciviously on the streets, and I'm a girl.

  5. Just wanna point out that the decision to leave the question of whether action or inaction is more heroic up to the viewers is, in its own way, a kind of heroic inaction.

  6. Also think how brave it was of Shakespeare to write a play about a king being murdered when the performance would be viewed by a queen or king.

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  8. I think it depends on the situation. Inaction is moral if the action is wrong. And action is moral if the action is right.

  9. I always considered Hamlets proclaiming to his mother about “incestuous sheet” to be about Gertrude marrying his uncle since he is a blood relation to Hamlet himself but also because Claudius was her brother in law

  10. This is a tragedy. But I have a more important question.

    Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?

    I thought not. It's not a story the Jedi would tell you. It's a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise he could use the Force to influence the midichlorians to create life… He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying. The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural. He became so powerful… the only thing he was afraid of was losing his power, which eventually, of course, he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew, then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. It's ironic he could save others from death, but not himself.

  11. I will still stand by the fact that Hamlet isn't indecisive but in a shifting society – he reflects his elizabethan context wherein the religion and therefore culture and society was repeatedly changing creating an unstable England ("time is out of joint") … Hamlet is a modern renaissance man so he is "allowed" to grieve and show emotion and is also trying to maintain a semblance of reason – the conflict comes through the traditional structure of the court in its brisk dismissal of a murder and corruption in attempts to maintain the facade of normalcy contrasted to Hamlet's emotions and desire to maintain morality

  12. I'm sorry to see that you are perpetuating the idea that Hamlet does not act – he takes actions through the whole play. Hamlet is more introspective and thoughtful about revenge – in contrast to Fortinbras and Laertes.
    Speaking of foils (the literary kind, not the fighting kind), Fortinbras and Laertes are foils to Hamlet because they are young men whose fathers were murdered and they are seeking revenge. Hamlet's father was murdered and he fails to leap into battle, so we see him as an outlier in this society.
    Ophelia is a perfect foil for Hamlet. Her father was murdered, and she DOES go mad, which shows the audience that Hamlet does NOT go mad – as he says, he is putting on an antic disposition. Ophelia is not.

  13. Thank you so much for this video! Im studying Hamlet for my higher English this year and this helped so much. Not only was it packed full of characterisation, analysis and a good translation of the plot but it was also fun too. Thank you and i hope you continue to make these videos

  14. Hamlet is the hero, because as the royal son of Denmark, then he must make the change: Heroes make changes for the benefit of society, family, or something good, otherwise he can become a villain. His uncle Claudius is the royal authority as the king and absolute word of law, and he cannot be the hero, because he represents God on earth (there is no accident that kings are divine in their attributes); therefore, he is sanctified as the source of all good, and he has no motive to act on anything. Ophelia cannot be the hero, where the reason why Shakespeare puts her to death in the story is that Hamlet cannot depend upon her for being too unconnected to royal power, where despite being a friend she cannot act like the ruling royals do, and this is a tragedy of kingdoms where the populations find themselves under the inner struggle of the royals of who holds the power: Ophelia is the tragic element, she represents the society Claudius rules, where they don't get a choice in this. Hamlet's problem is he is depicted as a young royal who is learning his ways, and he has a personal struggle of becoming the hero, or stepping aside and allowing evil to rule him. Hamlet's mother queen Gertrude cannot be the hero, she accepted king Claudius into her incestuous bed and marriage, and she is at the very least complacent with the crime, because she had to know something. Everybody else cannot be the hero, because they are too dis-empowered or their loyalties are directly tied to king Claudius, because of this Hamlet as the royal son is the only one who could truly be the hero. I see this as a good story and part mythology, and Hamlet is not just any royal son, he is every royal son, and only the royals are empowered to act on murder among them. This is also why so many deaths at the end of the story, it is part mythology of royals, in that the proper royal is ready to face death, and they must die that spiritual death to put down murder among themselves that are presented as a real event in the story; this is why this is the last scene, because the story comes to a dead stop when your protagonist is dead, it ends there.

  15. All problems are temporary problems but they multiply as you get old and all future ones are avoided and all current ones solved in death. Just saying.

  16. Polonious is cool, of the three father figures in the entire play he is the best, even to Hamlet. His family is the healthiest and deals the healthiest with their lack of a parent (where's their mom?). I like to read this as a commentary on family and grief, in that the family that doesn't deal appropriately with grief ends up killing the healthy one one by one. It would seem that family trouble affects more people than just that family, but everyone connected with them regardless of health. Meanwhile Polonious's family tries to help Hamlet, serve their country, and take care of each other.

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