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English Lit, 2nd hour
15 March 2009Hamlet
Shakespeare, a well known English writer who has his works profound within high school curriculums, wrote this fantastic piece, Hamlet, after publishing Macbeth, Julius Caesar, King Richard and many more fabulous iambic pentameter playwrights. Shakespeare is a best-selling writer within his era. He is a successful playwright, and has many glorious quotes within his plays.
“To be, or not to be, that is the question,” is one of the best-known quotes. Hamlet stated this, as an equivocation. He meant that all things in life are contradicting, with good and evil. Hamlet was a beautiful anecdote that shows how life as a leader is complicated and full of power-crazed individuals who find the need to kill and take what’s not theirs. King Hamlet was killed, and his apparition, or ghost, told his son Hamlet to avenge his death. The introduction was powerful. Two young men see King Hamlet’s apparition, and get Hamlet to see what they saw. Present King Claudius killed King Hamlet for the crown, and married Queen Gertrude, King Hamlet’s wife. This unseen treason of King Claudius showed that “something rotten is in Denmark,” and the nation is corrupt. Corrupt leaders affect their country directly, making the nation also corrupt.
The accidental death of Polonius shows that not everything is perfect and thought out, unlike King Claudius’ plan. The Tragedy of Hamlet shows family quarrel, deception, lies, lust, anger, sin, truth, vengeance and revenge. This is an excellent read for high school and college student looking to expand their knowledge of English literature. This successful piece of work is a colorful adventure of the conscious mind, and the truly evil people out there. I enjoyed this play, even though it is meant to be presented as a play, and is difficult to just sit down and read. Shakespeare’s works are unparalleled, and a blessing to read. It is not only a representation of royalty, but of all classes, and of all people. Don’t just take my word for it, pick it up for a sensational, mind-blowing experience.