'Hamlet' is a play about society at least as much as it is about…
'Hamlet' is a play about society at least as much as it is about the individual
Religion and Supernatural
Belief in the devil - "assume some horrible other form" by Horatio
Because he is praying to kill it would be unecessary
"Downed herself willingly"
Polonius' patriarchal attitudes
Diagnoses the source of Hamlet's madness and tells Ophelia what to do
Her response - "I shall obey, my lord"
Uses Ophelia in arras plan
Hamlet and Ghost's misogyny
"To a nunnery, go"
"Seeming virtuous queen"
"O'er hasty marriage"
Early Modern Theatre
Use of dumb show
Very hierarchical society
"Why should the poor be flatterd"
Players performing to the court