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Hamlet Study Guide

by William Shakespeare

Hamlet study guide contains a biography of William Shakespeare, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

Something is amiss in Denmark -- for two successive nights, the midnight guard has witnessed the appearance of the ghost of Old Hamlet, the former King of Denmark who has recently died. The guards bring Horatio, a learned scholar and friend of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, to witness this apparition. Though skeptical at first, Horatio sees the ghost and decides to report its appearance to Hamlet.

Meanwhile, a new king of Denmark has been crowned: Claudius, Old Hamlet's brother. Claudius has taken Old Hamlet's widow, Gertrude, as his wife. We watch their marriage celebration and hear about a threat from the Prince of Norway, Fortinbras, which Claudius manages to avoid by diplomacy. Hamlet is in attendance at this wedding celebration; he is…

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the relationship between hamlet and ophelia using quotes?

DESCRIBE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HAMLET AND OPHELIA IN THE BEGINNING OF THE PLAY. how does the relationship change? what causes it to change? what similar experinces do hamlet and ophelia have during the play?how do the experiences change them? how are their responses similar? how are they different? do you think hamlet is all to blame for ophelias death? why or why not? do you think hamlet was ever truly in love with ophelia? do youthink ophelia was ever truly in love with hamlet ? why or why not?

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