Hamlet, By William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare’s timeless play, Hamlet, follows the grieving prince of Denmark as he tries to avenge his father’s murder while struggling to accept that his mother Gertrude married her husband’s murderer and brother, Claudius. At the same time, Hamlet is having difficulty coming to terms with his feelings for Ophelia. His relationship with her becomes much more complicated when he kills her father Polonius, thinking he was King Claudius. Realizing that something must be done with Hamlet, Claudius sends him away to England with his friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern along with a letter to England saying to kill Hamlet upon arrival. However, Hamlet discovers the letter and switches out the King’s letter with a death sentence for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern without a second thought. While Hamlet is at sea, Polonius’s son Laertes comes to the castle demanding revenge for his father’s death. Claudius sees this a chance to finally get rid of Hamlet and stages a plan to murder Hamlet. The plan back fires when Gertrude drinks the poisoned drink instead of Hamlet and in the duel Laertes and Hamlet are both stabbed by the poisoned blade. When Hamlet knows he is dying, he stabs Claudius with the blade and they all end up perishing. Throughout this dramatic tragedy there are many messages, but I believe one of the most important overarching themes, shown using the emotion of guilt, is that humans are complex beings who are not entirely good or entirely evil. In the 1990 film
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