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Adult Upgrading English 012 - Hamlet

LibGuide to assist Adult Upgrading English 012 in completing their Hamlet Research Assignment.

Quick Fact About Hamlet

'To be, or not to be; that is the question [...] .'

— Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1
  • Its proper title is "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark."

  • Is the most-performed play of all time.

  • It's a very wordy play with 30,557 words in the manuscript.

  • The first unabridged theatrical film version of Hamlet is four hours long. The setting is updated to the 19th century, but its Elizabethan English text remains the same.

  • There are three known versions of the manuscript. They are referred to as the First Quarto (1603); the Second Quarto (1604); and the First Folio (1623).

  • Scholars with the Folger Shakespeare Library indicate that the preferred edition is the Second Quarto which is believed to have been taken directly from Shakespeare’s own manuscript or from a scribe’s copy of it.

  • Some of the most famous quotes in the English Language come from Hamlet.

  • It is one of the most adapted plays in cinema history. With more than fifty versions being filmed since 1900.

  • It is one of the most studied and written about plays. 




Synopsis of Hamlet

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