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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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Posted By madisyn r #387431 at Sep 16, 2014 4:56 PM

What is your initial impression of claudias in act 1 scene 2

Does he seem to be an effective ruler. Is he solicitous and sympathetic toward hamlet. How does hamlet respond to him. Do you think it essential for an effective king to be a virtuous person.

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Posted By angel d #384312 at Sep 01, 2014 6:28 AM