Se June Han English G HamletWilliam Shakespeare
Characters • Hamlet: Son of the last King and nephew to the current one • Claudius: The new King and Uncle of Hamlet • Gertrude: Mother of Hamlet and Claudius’ wife • Ophelia: Daughter of Polonius • Polonius: Lord Chamberlain • Laetres: Son of Polonius • Horatio: Hamlet’s friend • Fortinbras: Prince of Norway
Summary • Hamlet's father and king dies • His uncle Claudius becomes king and marries Gertrude, Hamlet's mother • Hamlet meets Ophelia but her father Polonius warns against love • Hamlet learns from the ghost of his father that he was poisoned by King Claudius and promises to avenge it • Hamlet stages a play to make sure of his guilt • Hamlet kills Polonius for listening to Hamlet scold his mother • King Claudius sends him away to an arranged murder which Hamlet escapes
Summary • Ophelia dies • Ophelia's brother Laertes promises to avenge his father's death • At Ophelia's burial both get in a fight but Hamlet gets cut with Laertes' poisoned sword • Laertes is then stabbed with his own sword when the swords are switched • Hamlet stabs King Claudus before dying • He tells Horatio all the story before dying and recommends Young Fortinbras • Young Fortinbras becomes king
Theme • Courage: Hamlet needs courage to stand up to the king who had killed his father to become the king. Hamlet meets many hardships and is even sent from his own home country. Even though, he died in the end he did what was right and avenged his father who was killed in poisoning. • Hamlet also shows how much people would go to become in power and become richer. This also shows how complicated life is and how every action has a purpose.
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