William Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet '

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Dramatic literature is told through a story of dialogue about a character that experiences conflict throughout the play. These kinds of plays are often performed on the stage. One of the most famous playwrights of the 16th through the early 17th century was William Shakespeare, and his work continues to live on in the 21st century. The longest play Shakespeare had ever written was Hamlet, which is about a young prince who grieves over the death of his father and seeks revenge as he learns that it was King Claudius responsible for his father’s death. Throughout the play Hamlet expresses his thoughts through different soliloquys. Hamlets soliloquy in Act I, “O that this too, too sullied flesh”, contrasts from his famous soliloquy in Act III, “To Be or Not to Be”, and both reflect issues of the times in which Shakespeare had lived in. In Hamlet’s first soliloquy, “O that this too, too sullied flesh”, he expresses how he still grieves over the death of his father, and does not understand why the people of Denmark no longer grieve over King Hamlet after only barely 2 months, especially his mother, Queen Gertrude. Before his speech, King Claudius warns Hamlet of going against the teachings of God, and that his stubbornness “shows a will most incorrect to heaven” (Act I, Line 95), which means that his will not lead him to the afterlife of heaven. Hamlet then hints briefly that he wants to kill himself, but holds himself back because suicide is forbidden by God. After this he
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