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Why is Shakespeare's Hamlet boring?why is hamlet boring?

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qwertyyuiop | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted August 17, 2011 at 10:32 AM via web

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Why is Shakespeare's Hamlet boring?

why is hamlet boring?

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mq2006 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 17, 2011 at 12:40 PM (Answer #2)

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It's not.

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teachersyl | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted August 25, 2011 at 8:44 AM (Answer #3)

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Usually readers who find Shakespeare boring are having difficulty reading the metaphors and missing the actual plot, "not seeing the forest for the trees," so to speak.

I would recommend a movie. You could try Mel Gibson's or Kenneth Branagh's versions of the play, but I would opt for "Renaissance Man" with Danny DeVito. It features students who are reluctant to read anything of substance, but "Hamlet" gave them insight into something truly important. Campy, yes, but quite entertaining.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 6, 2011 at 11:50 AM (Answer #4)

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Some people say that Hamlet is boring because "nothing happens."  They are referring to the seemed fact that Hamlet finds out that his father was murdered by his uncle at the end of Act 1 but doesn't do much to avenge the murder -- in fact, not really acting until Act 5.  He does think to act crazy and to put on a play reenacting the murder, but even after he has proof that Claudius is guilty he STILL talks himself out of acting against Claudius when he has the opportunity. Hamlet seems to be all thought and no action, or as he puts it all "judgement" and little "blood" (meaning passion).

What makes Hamlet such a compelling play is the fact that Hamlet doesn't act and the audience to left to wait in anticipation of his eventual revenge and has a chance to see a mind at work as Hamlet works through all of the various issues and concerns that plague him throughout the play.  It is a very psychological play, and the action is in Hamlet's mind.  Unfortunately, that doesn't always translate to exciting visuals on the stage.

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jerrad | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2011 at 2:24 PM (Answer #5)

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Hamlet is a play which has some reality in its plot. we cant even imagine of murdering someone who has offened you and by doing so has now secured a high level  of status in the society, that's reality. you have to wait for your chance to come, thats the thing that Hamlet performs but with the nature of postponing things he makes the play bit boring but with high profile he handles the difficult situations of his life. Shakespeare shows his maturity in handling things as if an ordinary person of importance. 

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sammy-antha | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM (Answer #6)

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People may say that Hamlet is boring, because it's not set up like regular books, which is easier to tell if there is a fight, or romance, ect. scene going on. Also the play is like a long poem and some people may not understand what some lines mean, which would probably get them confused.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 29, 2012 at 4:54 AM (Answer #7)

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I do not think Hamlet is boring at all!  If you are bored, it is likely because you are trying to read the play.  Shakespeare, and all plays really, is meant to be seen, heard and experienced.  You will not get the full effect from just reading!

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anujumairah | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted March 27, 2012 at 12:57 AM (Answer #8)

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Be it reading or actually watching the movie, Hamlet, one deserve to have a critical mind. And the language (Old English) i suppose is quite problematic for some amateur readers, but paraphrase can do it justice. ;) Hamlet is not boring at all!

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 30, 2012 at 6:29 PM (Answer #9)

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This play is "boring" to you because you are just learning how to read this genre of literature, how to piece together the parts, to "cook" this complicated "recipe. The pace of your assembly is slow compared to the frantic demands of real life.  You don't mean that Hamlet is more boring than other plays you've read (if any) but that the act of reading a play required a concentration the real world won't let you have.  

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