Monthly Archives: July 2015

Summer Holiday

Dear Readers, With the summer holidays here, Break The Enigma will be taking a recess from posting new articles here. However, we’ll be back this September with many more posts, including more from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, but also articles on new topics and texts, like Chaucer’s “Wife of Bath”, and the Tudor era. We hope to see you then! […]

A Level English: Hamlet and Amleth, two Princes of Denmark

You may know that one of the possible sources for Hamlet is the story of Amleth, Prince of Denmark, but did you know that Hamlet is an anagram for Amleth? Rearrange the letters in Hamlet, and you get Amleth: The story of Amleth was a Norse legend from Saxo Grammaticus’ “Gesta Danorum” (History of the Danes) […]

A Level English: The reinvention of “Hamlet”s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern… the Tweedledum and Tweedledee of “Hamlet”. In Shakespeare’s play, they are minor characters; we can usually only remember that one of them was called a “sponge” by Hamlet, though which one that was, only blank stares can answer.(ANSWER: It is Rosencrantz!!) Telling them apart becomes more difficult than reciting all of Hamlet’s soliloquies. […]

A Level English: The mirage of perfection in “Hamlet”

The ideal- a perfect person, a standard, or a desirable ‘perfect’, existing only in the imagination. Your ideal day might include taking a day off work to go to the moon, where you take a selfie. Your ideal person could be someone you greatly admire, like a friend or family member; they could be an imaginary perfect […]

A Level English: Two Hamlets, one body

“I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records, all saws of books, all forms, all pressures past that youth and observation copied there, and thy commandment all alone shall live” Hamlet says, after the ghost reveals that King Hamlet was murdered by Claudius. It is all very dramatic, very intense, and the audience is leaning forward […]

A Level English: “Smiling” face, “limed” soul- It can only be “Hamlet”s Claudius

The villain of the story- oh the dread, the fear, the dark scary-looking clothes; you can practically feel the evil radiating off them. They are manipulative, often dishonest and very much wicked, the kind of people you don’t tend to want to bump into on the streets, unless you like that sort of thing. So what […]

A Level English: Lights! Camera! Action! “Hamlet” in Film

What better excuse can we make to justify eating endless amounts of popcorn than to watch a film version of “Hamlet”? Countless film directors have transformed “Hamlet” into motion picture. They have attracted new Hamlet-devotees, aided students and authors alike in writing up critical comparisons of the play; they have been useful to those of us […]