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LITERATURE AND ART » The Classics

The tragedy of Hamlet prince of Denmark

Shakespeare William

Translator: Matessis Pavlos

Pages: 136
Shape: 15,3 Χ 23,8
ISBN: 978-960-6863-30-1
Price: 15.20 €

First published by Topos books: November 2009


The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
, or more simply Hamlet, is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. The play vividly charts the course of real and feigned madness—from overwhelming grief to seething rage—and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.

Prince Hamlet mourns both his father's death and his mother, Queen Gertrude's remarriage to Claudius. The ghost of Hamlet's father appears to him and tells him that Claudius has poisoned him. Hamlet swears revenge. He arranges an old play whose story has a parallel to that of Claudius. Hamlet's behaviour is considered mad. He kills the eavesdropping Polonius, the court chamberlain, by thrusting his sword through a curtain. Polonius's son Laertes returns to Denmark to avenge his father's death. Polonius's daughter Ophelia loves the Prince but his brutal behaviour drives her to madness. Ophelia dies by drowning. A duel takes place and ends with the death of Gertrude, Laertes, Claudius, and Hamlet.

"To be, or not to be: that is the question" Hamlet Act III, Scene I).

"Neither a borrower nor a lender be" (Act I, Scene III).

"This above all: to thine own self be true". - (Hamlet Act I, Scene III).

"Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't.". - (Act II, Scene II).

"The lady doth protest too much, methinks". - (Hamlet Act III, Scene II).

"In my mind's eye". - (Act I, Scene II).

"The play 's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king". - (Hamlet Act II, Scene II).




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