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Betrayal. Murder. Madness. Love. A man's quest for vengeance probes the depths of our psyche, exposing the fears and desires that lurk beneath. A masterpiece of western literature, Hamlet is not to be missed.
A vengeful ghost, a brother’s murder, a corrupt court—this is the gloomy landscape of Hamlet’s Denmark. The play opens with an encounter between young Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, and his father’s ghost. The ghost tells Hamlet that he was killed by his brother Claudius, who then quickly married his widowed queen, Gertrude. The ghost presses Hamlet to seek revenge on the man who stole his throne and his queen, and Hamlet vows to do so. Yet he is plagued by indecision, and as he delays he begins to behave erratically. Presented with the perfect opportunity to kill Claudius, Hamlet hesitates, and his failure to act prompts another visit from his father’s ghost. By now young Hamlet’s odd behavior has attracted attention at the court, and a nervous Claudius sends Hamlet to England. But he manages to slip away from his guards and returns to Denmark, determined to carry out his plans. The final thrilling scene involves a fencing match, a poisoned goblet, and deadly swords, and leaves few characters alive when all is finished. One of Shakespeare’s finest tragedies, Hamlet is a psychologically gripping and morally ambivalent play that will haunt you long after its final scene ends.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
Claudius, King of Denmark.
Hamlet, Son to the former, and Nephew to the present King.
Polonius, Lord Chamberlain.
Horatio, Friend to Hamlet.
Laertes, Son to Polonius.
Reviewed by Chyenna on Jan 30, 2010
Only one word can sum this up, and that's beautiful. I'm very happy to have decided to pick this up and read it. It's well beyond worth the effort to take the time and read through it and decipher it carefully. Strangely though, I must admit that the how back story of Gertrude and Claudius intrigued probably more than it should, as (at least to me) that's where the most of the mystery lies.
Reviewed by angelicmobster8 on Sep 9, 2009
2nd review? Seriously?
Liked it way more than "Romeo & Juliet". It's hard for me to feel sorry for the couple. I think Ophelia is much more deserving for sympathy. Totally reccommend "Hamlet" for great monologues and backstabbing, etc. Read it in eleventh grade English, I think I was the only student who enjoyed it.
Reviewed by Hira on Aug 18, 2008
This is beautiful piece of Literature by Shakespeare.I really enjoyed while reading it.The steps which Hamlet took to find out the murderer of his father "King Hamlet"is praised worthy.The Queen Gertrude married Claudius after the death of King Hamlet ,and this act of Queen really hurted Hamlet.He loved his father a lot.
The language used by Shakespeare is well refined,and the speeches made by Hamlet indicates that he was educated and sensible man.But Hamlet must have taken his lover Ophelia into his confidence.At the time of Ophelia's death Hamlet spoke such lines which showed that he was her true lover.
There were 14 deaths in this play and the death of Hamlet was a big Tragedy.
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