John Green makes a very interesting point in Hamlet Shakespeare focuses more on Hamlets moral judgement rather then the actual actions he does in the play. Hamlet faces a lot of internal problems which throughout the book becomes more and more visible through the soliloquys. Also throughout Hamlet lost trust in two women, Gertrude and Ophelia. Ophelia commits suicide, but I agree with John Green when Queen Gertrude says she fell into the water because she chose to die. To Be or Not To Be, that is the question? Is a moral question of the book and defines the reason for the characters actions.
Luis, John Green does gives a good point towards the novel. What I love the most towards his explanations is that he thinks out the box. Which helps us understand more the morals of the novel.
Denise, I also find John's explanations to be helpful and his outside the box thoughts makes me realize there is more to think about Hamlet's play.
Yes he does concentrated more in the judgement more than actions because it show us his growth on anger and of how tough he can be when he knows something wrong and needs to be corrected. they never show his weakness that means nothing can stop him from doing it
In this second crash course, Mr. Green discuuses over two main charcters in the play; Hamlet, Ophelia, and Gertrude. In the play, Ophelia commits suicide and the reader can see that Ophelia was as well making her own decisions as was Hamlet. We can use Hamlet's soliquoly " To be or not to be", as a way to express how Ophelia chose death as in "not to be". Moving along to Gertrude, the audience questions where he faithfulness really sides to. Hamlet or Clodius? Signs may appear to Hamlet due to her last words before she died stating "my dear Hamlet", hence her loyalty may have always been to Hamlet. To conclude with Hamlet,we find his inactions show alot more than if he were to take on an action. Hamlet was given an order to avenge his father so his loyalty lies to him. We can see in a way he may be a heroic figure under his father's name.
Mr. Green, gives detail explanations towards the moral of the novel. He expands his explanations by giving specific examples of what would happen if this has happened or how did this specific character didn't help the other. I love his interpretation of how he relates things that we don't see and describe deeply how its so meaningful in the novel.
I agree Denise, John Green really shows us a new perspective on how to view Shakespeares Hamlet. He tells us its origins and how it came to be one of Shakespeares greatest works of all times. He tells us more on how Hamlet is not using his heart and mind but only his mind which deceived him and is what cause him to fall in the end making Hamlet a very tragic play.
John Green explains the two different ways that hamlet thinks and how he thinks about what is happening. First he explains about Hamlets craziness and how everything turn against him. He thinks out of the box and clears the reasons all this happen combining it with the reality.
I agree with you Antuan that John Green does explain things in his point of view compared to how Hamlet believed in what he should do in seeking revenge for his father just because a ghost shows up looking like him. As well, Green does explain thinks more than how we understand the play and it allows us to understand it a bit more.
Hamlet creates a great impact towards Ophelia and Queen Gertrude, John Green makes an incredible description of how Hamlet internal problems and actions affected this two female characters in the play. For example, "To be or not to be that is the question?" gives a clearly explanation of how Ophelia decides to commit suicide. I agree with Luis, it's a moral question of the book and it defines everything.
I also think the same and I also think that by adding why all this starting will be more of a question and how Hamlet knowing if that ghost he saw was maybe just coincidence of what he told him. with out any evidence to prove who kill his father, goes and finds justice and honor his father.
John makes a fascinating point when he states that Shakespeare focuses more on our protagonists judgements and actions influenced by his moral conscience, rather than his literal actions within the story itself. This could be why "To be or not to be?" was spawned in the first place. Conflict with ones own self.
I too agree with your comment, Mr.Green points out another point of view about the famous, "To be or not to be?" Rather than literal actions, he evaluates his options on whether to live through the pain like a coward or be brave enough to take his own life.
John Green makes a point in how the Ophelia and Gertrude who have no power but the little action they take have a great impact in the play. Green also gave an important eye opening comment, he stated that Hamlet's soliloquys rather than his actions gives us the understanding of how difficult it is to make decisions in our lifes.
For an individual under so much stress such as Hamlet, decisions and trust become difficult to perceive. Green explains that due to Hamlet's soliloquies and self conscious inactions are the primary reason for the play being as widely popular as it is. People dwell on things which plague the mind especially decisions like avenging his father but being completely unsure of his father's murderer. Imagine having the weight of a death caused by your intentional hand, something to destroy a conscience.
Mr. Green gives us more explanation towards Gertrudes that in the play described how Ophelia looked like a mermaid when she was drowning deep into the water, but how could Gertrudes possibly know if she wasnt there or what if she was there and didn't help her. But like it says Ophelia commited suicide because her father was murder by the almost boyfriend Hamlet whos craziness lead him to say he never loved Ophelia but when he saw Ophelia's dead body he confess his feelings towards her.
Mr.green goes more into depth into the desicions of the characters,just like Hamlet ,Ophelia was left without a father which made the play to be more tragic is that Ophelia is affected by her fathers death , which her own almost boyfriend killed him. She desides "to be or not to be? " she choose the permanent solution to a temporarly problem by committing suicide, Green also sets us an example which leave us thinking , gertudre uses a methaphor saying that Ophelia" looked like a mermaid" while drowning , but she wasnt there while this action was happening , it leaves us thinking outside the box and thinking more of other possiblities for example that gertrude was there and did not help.Mr.Green helped to understand more .
Mr. Green brings up Ophelia going mad but during that she has choice she can make, even though she is a woman. He also makes a point about how Hamlet never took action but when he did it was intense. He brought up the instance where the ending is taking place and everyone is dying. Hamlet having a little but if life in him stabs Claudius with the poisoned sword and made him drink the poisoned wine. That all connects to the way humans think.
So Mr. Green states at one point of the video that Hamlet is in a tough position because he cant trust his mother and being a nephew to an uncle who probably killed his father. As being in this type of situation this is one of the reasons why it is difficult to make decisions.
Yea Chris I agree that Hamlet does feel somewhat trapped in his situation. Mr. Green also includes that Gertrude's loyalty is either towards Hamlet or Claudius. This is shown where Gertrude takes cup of poison yet takes it herself and comments toward Hamlet and not Claudius, but as said by Mr. Green that this was meant to be ambiguous.
As do I agree with you my fellow peer Chris, the statements that were mentioned by Mr.Green were to emphasize Hamlets inability to make morally conscious decisions. His unfortunate or unlucky situation has led him to be more insecure and overthink a lot more.
Throughout the crash course, Mr green describes how after Ophelia's father died it changed her in a way. As she is under such stress and a tight spot, she now seems to be expressing her beliefs, her rights and wrongs to others. Unfortunately she took the blame of her current situation and committed suicide later described.
Throughout the crash course video clip, Mr. green mentions Ophelia's death as maybe an "accident" resulting from the death of her father. I thought it was interesting how and why Gertrude describes in detail Ophelia's death as she sinks and using a simile comparing her to a mermaid. Just so much chaos it makes resorting to suicide a reasonable choice for some of the other characters such as Hamlet.
this video is focusing more into comparing some concepts of Hamlet into other old stories and how all this was the main conflict of each part. He thinks out of the box and also ask him self simple questions of how that is possible and why is possible.