Is Hamlet that Popular?
What is Hamlet anyway
4 - Introduction 6 - Plot Summery 8 - Main characters 10 - Whoâ€™s the author?
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. It is said that itâ€™s the most popular performed play of all time.
Since the late 1930s, over 500 of Shakespeare's plays have been produced as television shows or movies, including over 50 productions of Hamlet
Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play at 4,042 lines
Outside Elsinore Castle in Denmark, a ghost haunts the night The ghost resembles King Hamlet, who has recently died. The watchmen who discovered the ghost show Horatio, a friend of Prince Hamlet's, who suggests they show the prince. King Hamlet's ghost tells Hamlet that he was murdered by his brother Claudius, and begs Hamlet to avenge his murder. Claudius is currently the king, married the former King Hamlet's wife Gertrude Hamlet is determined to take revenge. He pretends to become insane. His mother, Queen Gertrude, and King Claudius, tells two of Hamlet's friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, to discover what's wrong. Since Hamlet was previously
interested in Ophelia, the daughter of King Claudius' right-hand man Polonius, Polonius suspects that Hamlet may be mad with love. Claudius and Polonius decide to spy on Hamlet while he talks to Ophelia, but he is cold and scornful toward her, and women in general. An acting troupe arrives at the castle. Hamlet decides to use the players to discover if Claudius is truly guilty. He directs the actors to perform a play the supposed
events of King Hamlet's murder, which is what the ghost told him. Hamlet's expectations were right, Claudius jumps up when the murder is shown, and quickly leaves the room. Hamlet plans to kill Claudius, but when he finds him praying, he changes his mind and decides to wait and kill him later. Meanwhile, Claudius has decided that Hamlet is a threat and should be sent away to England. Soon after, Hamlet and his mother Gertrude talk in her room. He tells her about his suspicions and yells at her for her disloyalty to his father, not realizing that Polonius is hiding behind the curtain. He hears a noise and immediately stabs Polonius to death, believing it to be the King. After accidentally killing Polonius, Hamlet is sent away to England right away. However, the King has also secretly arranged for Hamlet to be put to death in England, by sending sealed letters with his escorts Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
returns from France, determined to avenge the death of his father Polonius. His gets even more angry when Ophelia drowns shortly after his return. Claudius convinces Laertes to seek his revenge against Hamlet. Together they scheme to arrange a fencing match between Laertes and Hamlet; however, Laertes will switch his dull fencing sword for a sharp, poisoned sword, so he can kill Hamlet during the match. If Hamlet wins, the King will supply a poisoned cup for Hamlet to drink from.
Shortly after returning to Denmark, Hamlet chances upon Ophelia's funeral and is stricken with grief, saying that he always loved her. Back at the castle, the sword-fighting match begins between Laertes and Hamlet. Hamlet is initially winning. Queen Gertrude drinks to his success and is killed by the poisoned cup. Meanwhile, Laertes wounds Hamlet. They scuffle and accidentally exchange swords, and then Hamlet wounds Laertes. When Hamlet realizes that he, Laertes, and Shortly after setting sail, they are attacked by pirates. Hamlet man- Gertrude have been poisoned, he stabs Claudius with the poisoned blade and ages to escape and return to Denmark. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern makes him drink the rest of the poicontinue sailing for England, unaware soned drink. Laertes absolves Hamlet of guilt in his and Polonius' murder. that Hamlet has switched out the sealed letters they carry with orders Laertes, Hamlet, and the King all die within a few minutes of one another. that they be put to death instead. Scorned by Hamlet and orphaned by Polonius' death, Ophelia loses her mind. Her brother Laertes
Prince Hamlet , protagonist in Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet. He is the Prince of Denmark, nephew to Claudius and son of the previous King of Denmark, Throughout the play he struggles with whether, and how, to avenge the murder of his father, and struggles with his own sanity along the way. By the end of the tragedy, Hamlet has caused the deaths of Polonius, Laertes, Claudius. He is also indirectly involved in the deaths of his love Ophelia and of his mother Gertrude. Hamlet himself is the final character to die in the play.
King Claudius is the antagonist from the play Hamlet. He is the brother to King Hamlet, second husband to Gertrude and uncle to Hamlet. He obtained the throne of Denmark by murdering his own brother with poison and then marrying the late king's widow
Gertrude is Hamlet's mother and Queen of Denmark. Her relationship with Hamlet is somewhat troubled, since he doesn't accept her for marrying her husband's brother Claudius after he murdered the King. Gertrude reveals no guilt in her marriage with Claudius after the recent murder of her husband.
Ophelia is a young noblewoman of Denmark, the daughter of Polonius, sister of Laertes, and potential wife of Prince Hamlet until she killed herself from Hamlets doing.
Polonius is King Claudius' chief counselor, and the father of Ophelia and Laertes. Polonius convinces Claudius to spy on Hamlet. Later, Hamlet eventually murders Polonius, provoking Ophelia's fit of madness and death and the climax of the play: a duel between Laertes and Hamlet.
Magazine By Kelly Marcolin And Thomas Leonard
Published on Mar 2, 2011