Book: Hamlet
Author: William Shakespeare





Hamlet By William Shakespeare

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Pages (PDF): 238
Publication Date: 1602

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Summary:

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare between 1599 and 1602. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering King Hamlet, Claudius's brother and Prince Hamlet's father, and then succeeding to the throne and taking as his wife Gertrude, the old king's widow and Prince Hamlet's mother. The play vividly portrays both true and feigned madness—from overwhelming grief to seething rage—and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.



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Excerpt:

Elsinore. A platform before the castle.

FRANCISCO at his post. Enter to him BERNARDO

Bernardo
Who's there?!

Francisco
Nay, answer me: stand, and unfold yourself.

Bernardo
Long live the king!

Francisco
Bernardo?

Bernardo
He.

Francisco
You come most carefully upon your hour.

Bernardo
'Tis now struck twelve; get thee to bed, Francisco.

Francisco
For this relief much thanks: 'tis bitter cold,
And I am sick at heart.

Bernardo
Have you had quiet guard?

Francisco
Not a mouse stirring.

Bernardo
Well, good night.
If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus,
The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste.

Francisco
I think I hear them. Stand, ho! Who's there?

Enter HORATIO and MARCELLUS

Horatio
Friends to this ground.

Marcellus
And liegemen to the Dane.

Francisco
Give you good night.

Marcellus
O, farewell, honest soldier:
Who hath relieved you?

Francisco
Bernardo has my place.
Give you good night.

Exit

Marcellus
Holla! Bernardo!

Bernardo
Say,
What, is Horatio there?

Horatio
A piece of him.

Bernardo
Welcome, Horatio: welcome, good Marcellus.

Marcellus
What, has this thing appear'd again to-night?

Bernardo
I have seen nothing.

Marcellus
Horatio says 'tis but our fantasy,
And will not let belief take hold of him
Touching this dreaded sight, twice seen of us:
Therefore I have entreated him along
With us to watch the minutes of this night;
That if again this apparition come,
He may approve our eyes and speak to it.

Horatio
Tush, tush, 'twill not appear.