Share:

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google Plus
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

Published: 1603

Country: United Kingdom

Publisher: Nicholas Ling, First Folio

The longest Shakespeare play, probably the most discussed, arguably the most puzzling, and containing the role that all young actors regard as their greatest test; Hamlet continues to fascinate audiences 400 years after its composition. There are over 30 film variations, which includes Disney's The Lion King, each version suggests different solutions to the many problems of the play.

Containing the most famous speech in the English language – certainly the most famous line – it is typical of the enigma of Hamlet that there is still controversy over where “To be or not to be” should actually appear in the play!

The bloody tale of Dark Age retribution, which was Shakespeare’s source, becomes a revenge tragedy in which the act of revenge is endlessly deferred, a ghost story whose “apparition” [according to Dr Johnson] “left the regions of the dead to little purpose”, a story with a hero whose “infinite faculties” do not prevent him destroying his own family and that of his lover. “What a piece of work is a man!” Hamlet exclaims and it is the debate about what kind of humanity can prevail in a dangerous and insecure world that continues to give the play contemporary resonance.

More essays on Hamlet

Look further than just 'to be or not to be' and gain tips for essays and coursework with our Hamlet study guide at Marked by Teachers.

Marked by a teacher

How do Hamlet's Soliloquies reveal his Changing thoughts and Moods throughout the play?

4 star(s)

The play Hamlet is basically about life and death. We see this through the character Hamlet. Hamlet's character is not one...

Marked by a teacher

What is the importance of the Soliloquies in Hamlet? Do they show any development of his character?

4 star(s)

AS Hamlet Coursework Essay Q. What is the importance of the Soliloquies in Hamlet? Do they show any development of his character? A soliloquy is a dramatic speech...

Marked by a teacher

How does Shakespeare present the character of Hamlet?

4 star(s)

How Does Shakespeare Present The Character Of Hamlet? The mastery of Shakespeare in depicting his characters is shown in a way that they seem to dominate...

Marked by a teacher

Personal Responce to Hamlet

5 star(s)

Essay One - Question 1 Personal response to Hamlet and its enduring power of Shakespeare's Characterization Shakespeare's characterization of the characters...

Marked by a teacher

Why does Hamlet still matter?

5 star(s)

Why does Hamlet still matter? Rebecca Glover ________________ The play Hamlet composed by William Shakespeare approximately 400 years ago, remains...

Marked by a teacher

How does Shakespeare present ideas of disorder, corruption and decay in Act 1 of Hamlet?

4 star(s)

How does Shakespeare present ideas of disorder, corruption and decay in Act 1 of Hamlet? Hamlet was believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601 by...