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Hamlet by William Shakespeare
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Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

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26,10521980 (4.16)1 / 1087
Distressed by his father's death and his mother's over-hasty remarriage, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is faced by a spectre from beyond the grave bearing a grim message of murder and revenge. The young Prince is driven to the edge of madness by his struggle to understand the situation he finds himself in and to do his duty. Many others, including Hamlet's beloved, the innocent Ophelia, are swept up in his tragedy, Shakespeare's most famous and one of the great stories in the literature of the world.… (more)
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    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard (Voracious_Reader, kxlly)
    Voracious_Reader: Existentialist, tragicomedy based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. Very different from Shakespeare's Hamlet and yet there's a definite, deep connection between the two.
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    Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Pattty)
    Pattty: Si te gustó Hamlet seguro te gustará Macbeth, que es una historia buena y mucho más "macabra"
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    King Lear by William Shakespeare (kara.shamy)
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    Let Me Tell You by Paul Griffiths (alanteder)
    alanteder: A novel from Ophelia's point of view constructed using only the 481 words used by Ophelia in the play (from all Quartos and First Folio editions). The technique is called Oulipo, creating a literature work using constricted, limited resources.
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    La vida es sueño by Pedro Calderón de la Barca (Sergio88)
    Sergio88: Perhaps the spanish play most similar to Hamlet.
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    The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke by William Shakespeare (Waldstein)
    Waldstein: The modern text of Hamlet and the First Quarto make an interesting and thought-provoking comparison. Little is known about the foundations of Q1, but it opens the door of endless speculation about Elizabethan authorship, publishing, piracy and what not.… (more)
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    Hamlet by Dmitri Shostakovich (Waldstein)
    Waldstein: The music by Shostakovich is ideally experienced in Kozintsev's movie for which it was composed, but it stands well on its own as a symphonic poem and makes a fine soundtrack to the play as well.… (more)
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    Ophelia by Lisa Klein (Anonymous user)
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    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (kara.shamy)
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    Shakespearean Tragedy by A. C. Bradley (DLSmithies)
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    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (kara.shamy)
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  alessandragg | Apr 16, 2020 |
The only Shakespeare plays I had read before this were Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, Macbeth being my favorite. Having now read Hamlet, I can honestly say that Macbeth is still my favorite.

Let's discuss.

So, Hamlet himself is an emo icon, and also a misogynist, who basically goes crazy, murders someone, and essentially ruins everything.

The ending came a little too quickly for me, tbh. There wasn't enough time to really develop any other characters. It was pretty quotable, though. Really, it gave me more Romeo and Juliet feels than Macbeth feels. ( )
  Faith_Murri | Dec 9, 2019 |
READ IN ENGLISH

To be or not to be; that is the question

That's probably one of the best known parts of Western literature.
I never really like Shakespeare (okay, I only read Romeo and Juliet and my school forced me to do so), but things have changed a bit lately after I went to see a theatre production of The Tempest in London's Globe Theatre.
So, why not try and read Hamlet? (The Tempest will be read as well, as soon as I have the time to do so)
Indeed, and I liked the play. It was still a relatively easy read and great for some winter evenings. ( )
  Floratina | Dec 7, 2019 |
Hamlet is, of course, a great work that gets better with each rereading. The Folger edition ebooks of his plays are the best ebook versions of Shakespeare I have found so far because of how easy they made it to access the footnotes in the book. Unfortunately, the essays in the Folger editions tend to be boring and repetitious. That said, there is still a lot of good comment available online so it is less critical to have it in the ebook itself. ( )
  M_Clark | Oct 24, 2019 |
This is a re-read, in anticipation of seeing Hamlet live on the stage later this week in Stratford, ON. Reading the play it is easier to savor and appreciate the phrasing that goes by all too quickly on the stage. And In my mind, I could see Kenneth Branagh as the lead, though I have not seen his film version. ( )
  steller0707 | Aug 25, 2019 |
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Act 1, Scene 1
Enter Barnardo and Francisco, two sentinels.

Barnardo
Who's there?
Bernardo. Who’s there?
Francisco. No, answer me: Stand and reveal yourself.
Bernardo. Long live the King.
Francisco. Bernardo?
Bernardo. He.
Francisco. You come most promptly on your hour.
Quotations
Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,
Whiles, like a puff'd and reckless libertine,
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads.
And recks not his own rede.
Alas, poor
Yorick!—I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infi nite
jest, of most excellent fancy:
This above all — to thine ownself be true;
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
(Claudius) O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven;
It has the primal eldest curse upon it—
A brother’s murder!—
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
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Please do not combine with this work the First Quarto (Q1) from 1603. This really is a different play. The Second Quarto (Q2), First Folio (F1), and modern texts based on them belong here. Please distinguish between this Work, which is Shakespeare's original play, from any of its many adaptations (audio, video, reworking, etc.). Thank you.
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Shakespeare's telling of a man who struggles with the death of his father and the re-marriage of his mother. Hamlet knows his uncle killed his father but must determine how to act. He struggles with anger an depression and kills the father of the woman who loves him. it is a tragedy.

This was just really hard to understand in fourth grade. There were a couple funny parts, but mostly it was just dark and there was a lot of killing. I thought it was dumb that everyone died.
One of the most intriguing characters in theater, Hamlet has been played by more than two dozen actresses over the years. The story begins with the visitation of Hamlet's dead father, telling him that he was murdered by his own brother, who has taken the throne. Only Hamlet hears the story, and he does not share it with his companions. Is it true? Hamlet dithers as to what to do. He brings a play that has a similar plot to the assassination to see King Claudius's reaction. He confronts Queen Gertrude, his mother, and kills Polonius by mistake. The King sends him away to be murdered, but Hamlet foils the attempt. His love, Ophelia, goes mad and commits suicide. He and her brother challenge each other over her. In a fixed bout of fencing, King Claudius gives a poisoned blade to Laertes, the brother, but in the scuffle, the blades are switched. Queen Gertrude drinks the poison cup prepared for Hamlet, Hamlet skewers Claudius, Laertes and Hamlet both die.
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Etre ou ne pas être... 
Un chef-d'oeuvre intemporel?
Telle est la question.
Dithering Hamlet
can't decide to do the deed.
Finally, all die.
(Sasha Newborn)
Kill him already!
Your father's ghost told you to!
All die thanks to you!
(hillaryrose7)

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