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Books in the Library

Hamlet
Call #: 822.3 HAM edited and with an introduction by Harold Bloom.
Series: Major literary characters
Published 1990

Four great tragedies : Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth
Call #: 822.3 SHA Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Published 1998

The tragedies of William Shakespeare.
Call #: 822.3 SHA Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Series: The modern library of the world’s best books
Published 1994

The tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
[ Follett eBook ] Call #: 822.3 SHA Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Published 2005

The tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Call #: 822.3 SHA Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Series: The New Folger Library Shakespeare
Published 1992

The tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark : with new and updated critical essays and a revised bibliography
Call #: 822.3 SHA Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Series: Signet Classic Shakespeare
Published 1998

William Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Call #: 822.3 WIL edited with an introduction by Harold Bloom.
Series: Modern critical interpretations
Published 1986

Hamlet
[ Sound ] Call #: AUD 822.3 SHA Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Published 2006

From Hinton to Hamlet : building bridges between young adult literature and the classics
[ Book ] Call #: P 809 HER Herz, Sarah K.
Published 1996
Interest Level: Professional
In

Shakespeare for students : critical interpretations of As you like it, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The merchant of Venice, A midsummer night’s dre
Call #: R 822.3 SHA Mark W. Scott, editor ; Joseph C. Tardiff, associate editor, advisors, Kathy Lee Martin, Gladys V. Veidemanis.
Published 1992

Shakespeare for students critical interpretations of Shakespeare’s plays and poetry
[ eBook ] Anne Marie Hacht, editor ; foreword by Cynthia Burnstein.
Series: Gale virtual reference library
Published 2007

Databases and Search Tips

Jamestown Databases:  You are automatically logged into the following databases from school.  If you are elsewhere you will need to use the login information provided. *Note that there is a translate option for each article*

ELibrary: Typically, classic works of literature will be an Elibrary Topic. You can expand the topic for all realted resources.  To search only scholarly, peer reviewed sources, choose Advanced Search and then choose “search scholarly journals only.”

Gale Power Search: Refine your search under Content Type to academic journals.  You can also further limit to peer reviewed journals.  For long articles you may want to use the Find feature of your browser to locate terms within an article.

Williamsburg Regional Library Databases:  WJCC students can access these using wjcc+student number. The first two listed are under the Books, Reading and Literature section.  However, it is highly recommended that you choose “See All Databases” as there are several others listed below that are helpful.

Contemporary Literary Criticism Select

Literary Reference Center

Ebsco Host

Expanded Academic ASAP

InfoTrac OneFile

Research In Context

Additional ResourcesJSTOR and Google Books:  JSTOR is a subscription library of digital articles that virtually every college and university uses.  You can sign up to get up to three articles but it can also be useful to locate scholarly books.

For example: Searching JSTOR using search terms “great gatsby” and “racism” gives one result of a brief book review but not the text itself.  However, you can search for that book in Google Books.  Google Books previews gives you about 85% of a book and you can search within them.

Crash Course Videos (2)
Vocabulary by Act and Line

Act I
1. avouch- v. to cite as authority
2. martial- adj. related to or suited for war
3. portentous- adj. eliciting amazement or wonder; shadowy or
ominous
4. harbingers- n. foreshadows what is to come
5. dirge- n. a song of grief/ mournful piece of music
6. impious- adj. lacking in reverence or proper respect
7. jocund- adj. marked by or suggestive of high spirits/mirth
8. circumscribed- v/adj. to surround by a boundary
9. dalliance- n. frivolous action or act of delay/ flirtation
10.precepts- v. to take beforehand/instruct
Act II
1. perusal- n. act of examining or considering with attention and in
great detail
2. discretion- n. ability to make responsible decisions
3. firmament- n. the heavens/ the arch of the sky
4. paragon- n. A model of excellence or perfection
5. gratis- adj. free/ without charge/ nothing
6. savory- adj/n. tasty, flavorful dish
7. chronicles- n. historical account of events
8. cleave- v. to split or separate
9. malefactions- n. evil deeds or crimes
10.arras- n. tapestry of Flemish origin used for wall hangings and
curtains.
Act III
1. visage- n. the appearance of a person
2. consummation- n. the completion or ultimate end
3. orisons- n. prayers
4. paradox- n. a statement that is seemingly contradictory but true
5. calumny- n. false accustion/ false charges
6. temperance- n. moderate in action
7. buffets- n. blows of force or striking with the hand
8. purging- v. to clear of guilt; to free or cleanse
9. bulwark- n. a strong support or structure for defense
10.mandate- n. an authoritative command or order
Act IV
1. importunate- adj. persistent; urgent
2. conjectures- n. a conclusion deduced by guesswork
3. inter- v. to deposit a dead body in the earth; bury
4. pestilent- adj. deadly; destructive; disease-causing
5. superfluous- adj. exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
6. impetuous- adj. marked by reckless or impulsive action
7. incensed- v. aroused extreme anger
8. mortal- adj. subject to death
9. obscure-v. to hide or conceal
10.requite- v. to repay; to make return for
Act V
1. cudgel- v. to beat or strike as with a heavy stick
2. pate- n. the human head, especially the top of the head
3. abhorred- v/adj. to regard with horror or loathing; despise
4. prate- v. babble on and on
5. amities- n. peaceful relations between nations
6. diligence – n. steady effort
7. dearth – n. a scarce supply
8. germane- adj. relevant and pertinent
9. potent- adj. of great strength
10. 10.felicity- n. great happiness; bliss

Essential Topics and Questions
Topics (What topics does he look at?) Essential Questions (What does he question about the human condition?)
Ambition Can wanting something too much lead us to do things against our nature?
Appearances Why are people motivated to create an appearance that is different from reality?
Disillusionment What happens when people or our lives themselves do not meet our expectations?
Duality of man How do humans deal with the conflicting elements within their personalities? (ie. good vs. evil)
Family loyalty How powerful is family loyalty in inspiring people to action?
Fatal Flaw Does the main character deserve what he gets?
Fate Is our future beyond our control?
Historical Accuracy What is the effect of the way Shakespeare dramatically altered historical characters to enhance certain themes?
Justice Is justice an unattainable ideal in the real world?
Love Can love produce unexplainable behaviors?
Minor characters How do minor characters contribute to the play’s action and themes?
Power Can a lust for power lead to loss of humanity?
Reality and illusion Can being too close to a situation cloud the difference between reality and illusion?
Respect Is respect a learned response or a commanded response?
Responsibility Is Lady Hamlet more responsible and a more evil character than her husband?
Retribution Do revenge and vengeance provide satisfaction?
Royalty What contribution do the concepts of feudalism make to the play?
Sanity What are the causes of Hamlet’s mental deterioration throughout the play?
Self-awareness Can self-knowledge provide the key to satisfaction?
Supernatural To what extent does the supernatural motivate Hamlet’s actions?
Tragic Hero Does Hamlet cause his own downfall?

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