Shakespeare Unbound: Hamlet

Hamlet is a tragedy set in Elsinore, Denmark. Prince Hamlet is deeply depressed by the sudden death of his father, old Hamlet, and the hasty remarriage of his mother, Queen Gertrude, to his uncle Claudius.

One night, the ghost of his father appears to Hamlet and informs him that he was murdered by Claudius, calling upon Hamlet to avenge his death.

Instead of immediately obeying his father's ghost, Hamlet chooses to feign madness in order to conceal his intentions and prove Claudius' guilt. He distrusts all those close to him including his mother and his girlfriend, Ophelia. After Hamlet mistakenly kills Ophelia's father, Polonius, Ophelia goes mad and drowns. Claudius, now frightened of Hamlet's madness and fearing for his own safety, convinces Ophelia's brother, Laertes, to kill Hamlet. A duel between Hamlet and Laertes ends in the deaths of Claudius, Gertrude, Laertes and Hamlet himself. The rule of the kingdom of Denmark passes to Fortinbras of Norway.

Act 1:2 129–59.

Act 3:1 (edited) 87–160.

Hamlet Act 1 Scene 2
Act 1 Scene 2 In Conversation with Tom Conroy
Hamlet Act 3 Scene 1
Act 3 Scene 1 In Conversation with Eryn-Jean Norvill

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