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Hamlet - plot outline and the soliloquies.

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Introduction

Question 1 The play is set in Denmark. Hamlet, King of Denmark, is killed, not by his son Hamlet, but by his brother Claudius. Not while after the funeral of the king Hamlet, Claudius marries his brother's widow Queen Gertrude. The old king Hamlet's ghost appears to an already distress Hamlet to tell him that he was murdered by his own brother Claudius. The Ghost asks his son to take revenge for his death. Hamlet pretends to be mad. Polonius, the Lord, forbids his daughter Ophelia to see Hamlet in part believing that Hamlet's unbalanced state of mind is the result of her love. When Ophelia is spied on by Polonius and Claudius, she returns Hamlet's love letters and is violently rejected by Hamlet. Next number of traveling actors arrives at the castle. Hamlet asks them to perform a play, The Murder of Gonzago, hoping that its plot, which closely relates to what the Ghost has told him of his own dad's murder, will force Claudius to show he is guilty. Hamlet's suspicions turns into the truth that Claudius really has killed his dad. After the play, Hamlet goes to his mother's bedroom, where he abuses her for her quick marriage and accidentally kills Polonius, which he thought was Claudius, hiding behind a curtain. ...read more.

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He plants his daughter in Hamlet's path and hides with King Claudius to spy on them to see if Hamlet is acting to if he has gone mad for real. Hamlet enters and is surprised by the unexpected person Ophelia. Hamlet madly advises Ophelia to become a nun, shouting. Ophelia regrets that her dear Prince Hamlet has transformed into a crazy man. King Claudius suspects that some deep 0distress is the cause of Hamlet's mad behavior and not his love for Ophelia. Using this excuse Claudius decides to send the crazy Prince on a journey to England. Polonius did not believe that Ophelia's rejection caused the Prince to go mad. He suggests to King Claudius that Queen Gertrude speak to her son about the matter in private. Another thing that annoys Hamlet is that they treat him as having no intelligence at all, like a fool, as well as a mad man. This sxene is also famous because during this scene is the famous 'To be or not to be' soliloquy. Question 4 Before the act 3 scene 1 Hamlet has to get over a lot things which affected the state of his mind. The first thing that happens to him is his father is murdered by his own uncle. ...read more.

Conclusion

To sleep - as simple as that. And with that sleep we end the heartaches and the thousand natural miseries that human beings have to endure. It's an end that we would all ardently hope for. To die. To sleep. To sleep. Perhaps to dream. Yes, that was the problem, because in that sleep of death the dreams we might have when we have shed this mortal body must make us pause. That's the consideration that creates the calamity of such a long life. Because, who would tolerate the whips and scorns of time; the tyrant's offences against us; the contempt of proud men; the pain of rejected love; the insolence of officious authority; and the advantage that the worst people take of the best, when one could just release oneself with a naked blade? Who would carry this load, sweating and grunting under the burden of a weary life if it weren't for the dread of the after life - that unexplored country from whose border no traveler returns? That's the thing that confounds us and makes us put up with those evils that we know rather than hurry to others that we don't know about. So thinking about it makes cowards of us all, and it follows that the first impulse to end our life is obscured by reflecting on it. And great and important plans are diluted to the point where we don't do anything. ...read more.

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