Essay about Hamlet Is A Five Act Tragedy

1642 Words Dec 7th, 2016 7 Pages
Hamlet is a five act tragedy written by Shakespeare around the year of 1600. It’s a story about Prince Hamlet living through his father’s death only to discover through his father’s ghost that he was murdered by his own brother. Uncle Claudius, the murderous brother, becomes King Claudius when he marries the widowed Queen Gertrude. As the story progresses and Hamlet seeks revenge, he decides to feign madness in order to buy himself time. King Claudius becomes suspicious and sends his people to spy on him and see what the cause of his behavior is and it is hypothesized that his madness is because of his love for Ophelia, the daughter of Lord Chamberlain. After a test of Claudius guilt turning out to be right and Hamlet missing the most opportune moment to kill the king, everything starts to go downhill. He accidentally kills Lord Chamberlain and Claudius banishes him to England with two men as escorts with orders to kill him once they arrive. While they’re going through their journey, Ophelia drowns herself in grief of her father’s death and Laertes, Ophelia’s brother, devises a plan to kill Hamlet because he is the reason his father and sister are dead. As Hamlet escapes the plan to kill him in England, he returns to Ophelia’s funeral where he attacks Laertes in grief. Claudius seizes this opportunity to arrange a fencing match between Laertes and Hamlet but this event is the cause of the entire royal family’s death.
This performance is meant to be a representational play…

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