“Hamlet” by William Shakespeare

Hamlet, the young Prince of Denmark, is visited by the ghost of his father, who tells him that he had been murdered and that the culprit is his own brother, Claudius. The new King Claudius usurped the crown after taking Queen Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother, as his wife. Hamlet’s indecision and delay into how to enact revenge may be regarded as ploys by which he hopes to avoid the responsibility that his father’s ghost has assigned him, and his vacillation and inactivity result complicate an already bad situation.”

I remember reading “Hamlet” freshman year and not liking it. I remember seeing it performed live and not liking it. And, personally, I think “Hamlet” is one of Shakespeare’s lesser plays.

“There’s something rotten in Denmark.” (pg. 39)

I despised Hamlet, the guy, because he’s so annoying. He debates about committing suicide, debates about killing Claudius, and waffles about his love of Ophelia. He says he doesn’t want to commit murder, doesn’t want to revenge his father’s death unless Claudius admits his guilt, but, without much hesitation, he kills Ophelia’s father thinking he’s Claudius. He’s indecisive, and unlikable. Hamlet’s in a difficult situation, but I couldn’t sympathize with him at all.

Book Mentioned:

  • Shakespeare, William. “Hamlet”. New York: Washington Square Press, 2003. Originally published 1603. Print. 342 pgs. ISBN: 074347712X. Source: PaperBackSwap.
Book Cover © Washington Square Press. Retrieved: December 17, 2008.

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