One of my favorite things is the interplay between Hamlet and Polonius. Obviously Polonius is serving as a foil for his wittiness with his incredible stupidity, but I think those interactions are an absolute gem. As some have said previously, some of Shakespeare's greatest.
Polonius' own speeches are pretty wonderful examples of the bard's abilities as well, the amazing wordplay and the portrayal of this guy as an absolute moron while making his speeches really interesting and witty while not making the character witty. Superb stuff!
All three avenging sons are successful: Fortinbras regains the lands (and more) that his father lost; Laertes kills Hamlet for killing Polonius, and Hamlet kills Claudius for killing Old Hamlet.
Claudius' death is quick and painless. Hamlet gets to see his father once more, and hear the truth about what happened to him (closure). Hamlet has one good friend in whom he can confide and with whom he can bounce ideas around. Laertes and Hamlet forgive each other and die as friends. Hamlet has the last say in who will run the country which should have fallen rightfully to him after his father's death. Ophelia gets an honorable burial even though the method of her death is questionable. The truth comes out in the end about Claudius, and his death is not only justified, but consists of proper suffering. (Had to get that last jab in...apologies to the sensitive...)
Good one, Brandi! This is a joke, right? :)
Okay, how about this one. Hamlet doesn't wimp out. When presented with an unbelievable and unbelievably difficult situation, he does not throw up his hands and go back to school. He stays and deals with it, and he tries to deal with it honorably and morally. He not only wants to do the right thing, he suffers a great deal simply trying to figure out exactly what the right thing really is. Hamlet may overthink his situation, but he definitely displays courage and character.
I'll play the politically incorrect contributor: Polonius gets what he deserves! He's a pompous windbag who likes to listen in on other people's conversations. And he's not nearly as smart as he thinks he is. Hamlet does indeed kill a rat when he stabs Polonius.
If you need something serious, though, Claudius suffers for his assassination of King Hamlet.
;) I like this.
1. Hamlet gives us some insightful ideas about life
2. We learn some fun facts about flower lore from Ophelia
3. Horatio doesn't die!
4. Denmark suddenly is a lot more interesting
5. There's a ghost!
6. Shakespeare gives us some of his best work
7. Ophelia sings (hey, nonny nonny ...)
8. Hamlet's brooding sensitivity is quite romantic ... hmmm ...
9. "To be or not to be" (where would we BE without it?!)