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Hamlet (The New Penguin Shakespeare) Mass Market Paperback – 28 Aug 1980
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Undoubtedly the most famous of all of Shakespeare's plays, Hamlet remains one of the most enduring but also enigmatic pieces of western literature. The story of Hamlet, the young Prince of Denmark, his tortured relationship with his mother, and his quest to avenge his father's murder at the hand of his brother Claudius has fascinated writers and audiences ever since it was written around 1600.
For many years interest focused on both Hamlet's inability to avenge his father's death, claiming that "the native hue of resolution / Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought", and, according to none other than Freud, his oedipal fixation with his mother. However, more recently critics have turned their attention to Hamlet's bold theatrical self-reflexivity (most famously reflected in the performance of "The Mousetrap"), its fascination with issues of theology and Renaissance humanism, and its dense, complex poetic language. What is so remarkable about the play is the way in which it tends to uncannily reflect the concerns of different epochs. As a result, Hamlet has been at different moments defined as a romantic rebel, an angst-ridden existentialist, a paralysed intellectual and an ambivalent New Man. Whatever subsequent generations make of Hamlet, they are unlikely to exhaust the possibilities of this most extraordinary play. --Jerry Brotton
Praise for "William Shakespeare: Complete Works: " A feast of literary and historical information. "-The Wall Street Journal""
Praise for William Shakespeare: Complete Works: "A feast of literary and historical information." -The Wall Street Journal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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SPOILERS - but everyone should know about Hamlet.
This play has been accused of being overrated, but I could not disagree more. The characters in it are incredible and leave so much down to your own interpretation - I personally believe Hamlet feigns madness, others swear he is truly mad - the female characters are incredible and leave much to be discussed, not least their 'watery' feminine deaths.
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Hamlets father returns as a ghost warning him about staking revenge on the king who married his mother. He uses players to present his father's death to the king who takes and wants Hamlet punished as a madman. Hamlet quarrels with Laretes and kills him but never tells the king where the body is. His mother sends him away to England, the king wants Hamlets blood. Whilst Hamlet is away Horatio tells him about his love Ophellia, who drank her self to death by drowning in the river. The king plans a trap for Hamlet as he returns home, faced fighting his mother drinks the poison by mistake and he kills the king. Hamlet takes his own life leaving Horatio to step into the kingdom and become their ruler.
P.S. Makes an excellent small gift, an out of the blue token of affection for your significant other!
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