Anachronisms

Day 3

COMMENT – The story of Hamlet is set (roughly) in the 14th/15th century – 100-200 years before Shakespeare’s time. However, throughout the play, Shakespeare includes anachronisms – references which could not have been in existence during the play’s setting. In Act I, this includes the reference to the firing of the cannons, as well as Hamlet’s studies at Wittenberg University (which wasn’t even founded until the 16th century).

QUESTION – Although it is difficult for a modern audience to recognize some of these anachronisms, can you think of any books/plays/movies which have these types of inconsistencies, whether planned or by accident, and how you react to them?

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