A unique compilation of historical documents and commentary on Hamlet.
Offers a wealth of source documents to provide the high school or undergraduate student with a historical context for understanding the major themes of Shakespeare's best known play. Discusses the significance of public theaters such as the Globe, and of the genre of tragedy, in the Elizabethan era; presents a literary analysis of Hamlet's options in the play; discusses the prevalence of suicide in Elizabethan England; examines contemporary attitudes toward ghosts; and considers Gertrude and Ophelia from perspectives other than Hamlet's own. A valuable tool for reaching new understandings of a familiar work. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.