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by William Shakespeare

"Hamlet is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, probably 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 Hamlet's mother. The play vividly charts the course of real and


by William Shakespeare

"Hamlet is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, probably 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 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.

Despite much literary detective work, the exact year of writing remains in dispute. Three different early versions of the play have survived: these are known as the First Quarto (Q1), the Second Quarto (Q2) and the First Folio (F1). Each has lines, and even scenes, that are missing from the others. Shakespeare probably based Hamlet on the legend of Amleth, preserved by 13th-century chronicler Saxo Grammaticus in his Gesta Danorum and subsequently retold by 16th-century scholar François de Belleforest, and a lost Elizabethan play known today as the Ur-Hamlet.

The play's dramatic structure and depth of characterisation mean that Hamlet can be analysed, interpreted and argued about from many perspectives. For example, commentators have puzzled for centuries about Hamlet's hesitation in killing his uncle. Some see it as a plot device to prolong the action, and others see it as the result of pressure exerted by the complex philosophical and ethical issues that surround cold-blooded murder, calculated revenge and thwarted desire. More recently, psychoanalytic critics have examined Hamlet's unconscious desires, and feminist critics have re-evaluated and rehabilitated the often-maligned characters of Ophelia and Gertrude.

Hamlet is by far Shakespeare's longest play, and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in the English language. It provides a storyline capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others". During his lifetime the p

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Widely esteemed as the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an actor and theatrical producer in addition to writing plays and sonnets. Dubbed "The Bard of Avon," Shakespeare oversaw the building of the Globe Theatre in London, where a number of his plays were staged, the best-known of which include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth. The First Folio, a printed book of 36 of his comedies, tragedies, and history plays, was published in 1623.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!!! like all books that have no cover art (somewhat proving that the aurhor or, in this case the person who made this available had not the time or intrest to make a cover), the bok is SPAM. A few pages aftwr the book starts, all i see is: And he spoke unto her ^^`@ the ";? eight law *++ Makes NO SENSE whatsoever. DO NOT PURCHASE. WASTE OF TIME.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were so many errors in this book that it was just impossible to read and be able to fully understand the text. Would not reccomend this version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poorly scanned and impossible to read
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I don't know if its my Nook Tablet or something but nothing shows up! Just a bunch of blank pages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Confusing script
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it was a wonderful play (I haven't read the book, I saw the play) and I would like you to know that also McBeth was a great play.
Guest More than 1 year ago
HAMLET is one of Shakespeare's most bitter and powerful plays of all time. It combines deceit, promiscuity, murder, revenge, and conquest into one mesmerizing, compelling, and marvelous story. Entertaining, brilliant, clever, and absolutley spectacular.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that this is the most amazing story i have ever read. There is nothing like it in the world! I read this when i was in 9th grade I am know in 10th and i still cannot believe that someone could create such an amazing story. it is cunning. everything that Hamlet utters is pure poetry and beatiful he makes everything sound so magnifcient. I would suggest that anyone who likes this book see Kenneth Branagh in Hamlet. (1996 version) It is the best version of Hamlet i have seen (i have seen alot) no one else can play hamlet like him!
Guest More than 1 year ago
To say that there is much ado about nothing would be to miss one of Shakespeare's finest hours. Hamlet is by far the best piece of work I have read by Shakespeare and that is because it contains all the elements of a spellbinding, mysterious, edge of your seat tale. If you were looking for a work that contained lust, sex, greed, politics, murder and espionage all in one convenient package, this is it. Hamlet comes across as a man who is insane, or is he really just stressed by the weight of his position. I say you open this book and answer that question yourself, a fascinating tale that transends the barriers of time and place and smacks of modern life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you find murder, love, betrayl, friendships, sex, greed, hate, revenge, war, honesty, ghosts, hope, spirit, teen angst, family, history, speech, truth, spies, morals, or sports remotely intersting, you will love 'hamlet'. it is poetry, it is shakespeare, it is the best piece of literature ever written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am studing Shakespeare at my school. And were focusing on Hamlet at the momment. And I find the play very interesting. Personally my favorite charactor is Ophilia, because beleive it or not, she accually has a lot going on, not to mention all at once, and they are all major in her life. First everything is peachy,fine and dandy. Then Hamlet (accidently) kills Poloinus thinking its Cladious. Then later her boyfriend(Hamlet)'Goes Crazy'. And much much more. Then she decide to end her life. And she does.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hamlet is one of best tradegies that has been writen by Shakespeare. I never cared for his writing till I read Hamlet, then I was sold. Hamlets' words were just on fire all the time. There is nothing that he can not make sence of. And what a way to understand the human race! 'What a piece of work is man...' Hamlet proves Shakespears ability to look into the human mind, and find the dignity that unites us all.
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Even after purchasing this title and receiving an email confirmation of the purchase, I am still only able to access the sample.
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