Hamlet

  • – INTRODUCTION –

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    About 500 years ago, Hamlet’s father, the king of Denmark, was murdered by his own brother, Claudius.

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  • Then Claudius quickly married Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude.

  • As the play opens, Hamlet’s father’s ghost appears and tells his son who murdered him.

  • He urges Hamlet to seek revenge.

  • As the play unfolds, Hamlet tries to convince himself that he should murder Claudius.

  • This is Shakespeare’s most famous play, known for the anguished character of Hamlet.

  • – CAST OF CHARACTERS –

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    HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK Son of the dead King Hamlet, and nephew of the present King of Denmark

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  • CLAUDIUS, PRINCE OF DENMARK Hamlet’s uncle

  • GERTRUDE Queen of Denmark and Hamlet’s mother

  • GHOST The ghost of Hamlet’s murdered father

  • POLONIUS Chief adviser to Claudius

  • HORATIO A commoner and loyal friend of Hamlet

  • LAERTES Son of Polonius and the brother of Ophelia

  • OPHELIA Daughter of Polonius and the sister of Laertes

  • ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN Former classmates of Hamlet

  • VOLTIMAND and CORNELIUS Danish courtiers

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    MARCELLUS, BERNARDO, and FRANCISCO Guards at the castle

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  • REYNALDO Polonius’s servant