Hamlet (Cambridge School Shakespeare Series)
Many consider the tragedy of "Hamlet" to be Shakespeare's masterpiece and one of the greatest plays of all time. It has entertained audiences for centuries and the role of Hamlet is one of the most sought after by actors. It is the story of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark who learns of the death of... show more
Many consider the tragedy of "Hamlet" to be Shakespeare's masterpiece and one of the greatest plays of all time. It has entertained audiences for centuries and the role of Hamlet is one of the most sought after by actors. It is the story of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark who learns of the death of his father at the hands of his uncle, Claudius. Claudius murders Hamlet's father, his own brother, to take the throne of Denmark and to marry Hamlet's widowed mother. Hamlet is sunk into a state of great despair as a result of discovering the murder of his father and the infidelity of his mother. Hamlet is torn between his great sadness and his desire for the revenge of his father's murder. "Hamlet" is a work of great complexity and as such has drawn many different critical interpretations. Hamlet has been seen as a victim of circumstance, as an impractical idealist, as the sufferer of an Oedipus complex, as an opportunist wishing to kill his Uncle not for revenge but to ascend to the throne, as the sufferer of a great melancholy, and as a man blinded by his desire for revenge. The true motivations of Hamlet are complex and enigmatic and have been debated for centuries. Read this classic tragedy and decide for yourself where Hamlet's true motivations lie and how they influence his ultimate demise.
Publish date: 31-10-2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Edition language: English
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Whew, old English people talk weird!The only Shakespeare play I know is Romeo and Juliet, which I listened to as audio-play (is that a thing?). I missed a lot of what was going on in that one, but since it was people talking I didn't rewind to try to understand it better. When reading Hamlet as a bo...
My poor daughter HATES to read. So, I often read and in some cases, re-read books so I can help her. This is one book I've read plenty of times and love each and every time. How can a book nerd create a non-reading child? I have no clue.
Among the best works of English Literature ever.
Reading this again started out like a chore, because I HAD to read it for classes, however, I liked it a lot more now than when I was in my teens - wonder why? I guess I got the subtle things a lot more, and the betrayal that was all around. I wonder if such a story would be as famous if it was wr...