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Read Books, 2007 - Drama - 128 pages
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H a m l e t -- DRAMATIS PERSONK. CLAUDIUSK, ing of Denmark. HAMLET, son to the late, and nephew to the Dresent King. POLONIUlo r, d chamberlain. HORATIOf, r iend to Hamlet. LAEKTES, son to Polonius. VOLTIMAND, N E L U S 1 OSRIC, A Gentleman, A Priest. J FRANCISCOa, s oldier. REYNALDOse, want to polonius Players. Two Clowns, grave-diggers. FORTINBR Pr A in S ce, of Norway. A Captain. English Ambassadors. GERTRUDEQ, ueen of Denmark, and mother to Hamlet. OPHELIAd, aughter to Polonius. Lords, Ladies, Officers, Soldiers, Sailors, Messengers, and other Attendants Ghost of Hamlets Father. SCEN E D enmark. HAMLET ACT I SCENE I . Elsinore. A platfom before the cast FRANCIS a C t O his post. Entw to him BERNARDO Ber. Who s there Ran. Nay, answer me stand, and unfold yourself. Ber. Long live the king an. Bernardo Ber. He. Pran. You come most carefully upon your hour. Ber. T is now struck twelve get thee to bed, Francisco. Fran. For this relief much thanks t is bitter cold, And I am sick at heart. Ber. Have you had quiet guard Ban. Not a mouse stirring. 10 Ber. Well, good night. f you do meet Horatio and Marcellus, The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste. Ran. I think I hear them. Stand, ho Who is there Enter HORATIO a nd MARCELLUS YY6 F riends to this ground. Mar. And liegemen to the Dane h n . Give you good night. 1 z b HAMLET Act Y Mar. 0, farewell, honest soldier Who hath relieved you Ban. Bernardo hath my place. Give you gobd night. Exit Mar. Holla Bernardo Ber. Say1 What, is Horatio there Nor. A piece of him. Ber. Welcome, Horatio welcome, good Marcellus. 20 Mar. What, has this thing appeard again to-night Ber. I have seen nothing. Mar. Horatio says t is but our fantasy, And will not letbelief take hold of him Touching this dreaded sight, twice seen of US Therefore I have entreated him along With us to watch the minutes of this night, That if ag inth is apparition come, He may approve our eyes and speak to it. I Uor. Tush, tush, twill not appear. Ber. Sit down awhile 50 And let us once again assail your ea. s, That are so fortified against our story, What we have two nights seen. Nor. Well, sit we dawn, And let us hear Bernardo speak of this. Ber. Last night of all, When yond same star that S westward from the pole Had made his course to illume that part of heaven Where now it burns, Marcellus and myself, The bell then beating one, -Enter Ghost Mar. Peace, break thee off look, where it comes again 40 Ber. In the same figure, like the king that S dead. Mar. Thou art a scholar speak to it, Horatio. Scene I HAMLET 3 Ber. Looks it not like the king Mark it, Horatio. Wor. Most like it harrows me with fear andawonder. Ber. It would be spoke to. Mar. Question it, Horatio. Hor. What art thou, that usurpst this time of night, Together with that fair and warlike form In which the majesty of buried Denmark Did sometimes march by heaven I charge thee, speak Mar. It is offended. Ber. See, it stalks away 50 Nor. Stay speak, speak 1 charge thee, speak Exit Ghost Mar. T is gone, and will not answer. Ber. How not, Horatio you tremble and look pale Is not this something more than fantasy Wllat think you ont Nor. Before my God, I might not this believe Without the sensible and true avouch Of mine own eyes. Mar. Is it not like the king Nor. As thou art to thyself Such was the very armour he had on When he the ambitious Norway combated So frownd he once, when, in an angry parle, He smotethe sledded Polacks on the ice. T is strange. Mar. Thus twice before, and jump at this dead hour, With martial stalk hath he gone by our watch. Nor. In what particular thought to work I know not But, in the gross and scope of my opinion, This bodes some strange eruption to our state. Mar...

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Another book I like in which everyone goes crazy and a lot of people die. I do worry about myself. Anyway, best of Shakespeare that I've read so far. Full of Big Important Speeches where Big Important ... Read full review

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Another book I like in which everyone goes crazy and a lot of people die. I do worry about myself. Anyway, best of Shakespeare that I've read so far. Full of Big Important Speeches where Big Important ... Read full review

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William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

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