Some say Hamlet, the character, is “everyman.” Others say Hamlet is not everyman but a prince with concerns outside of what the average person has. Of course, the answer is somewhere in between. But you don’t have to be a royal to experience inner demons that make it difficult to portray an “acceptable” public persona. And you certainly don’t have to be royal to experience sudden alienating familial conflict that creates struggles around loyalty, obligation, love, and betrayal. Hamlet’s eloquence is surpassed only by the eloquence of Shakespeare himself. The play’s verse (and prose) serve to create depth of character and emotion, but the language itself has a life of its own that is unmatched in literature. This, the greatest of Shakespeare's plays, and arguably of all plays, is more than worth every first and subsequent read!— Chad
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A young prince meets with his father's ghost, who alleges that his own brother, now married to his widow, murdered him. The prince devises a scheme to test the truth of the ghost's accusation, feigning wild madness while plotting a brutal revenge. But his apparent insanity soon begins to wreak havoc on innocent and guilty alike.Hamlet's combination of violence and introspection is unusual among Shakespeare's tragedies. It is also full of curious riddles and fascinating paradoxes, making it one of his most widely discussed plays.
Illustrated throughout by Sir John Gilbert (1817-1897), famous for his depictions of historical scenes. As well as Shakespeare, he illustrated works of Sir Walter Scott, Cervantes, Wilkie Collins and Wordsworth.
With an Introduction by Dr Robert Mighall.
About the Author
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English dramatist, poet, and actor, generally regarded as the greatest playwright of all time.