The Tragedy Of Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark Essays

1331 Words Jan 1st, 2016 6 Pages
The world-renowned, English poet, play writer, and actor, William Shakespeare, wrote "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" between 1599 and 1602. Although this is a seemingly original play, scholars suggest that Shakespeare’s inspiration came from the legend of Amleth, which follows the storyline of “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” very closely. However, in Shakespeare’s version of the legend of Amleth, some of the minor details are altered. For example, Shakespeare’s tragedy takes place in the Kingdom of Denmark. This is where we meet a multitude of seemingly ordinary characters, who through the corruptive power of selfish ambition and revenge, become mentally impaired. They ultimately meet untimely and tragic deaths furthering the play’s progression. In addition to the madness within “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”, there is love and betrayal. The love of oneself, money, and power, along with the traditional romantic love between Prince Hamlet and Ophelia, and King Claudius and his Queen Gertrude. The love the characters feel for one another worsens the betrayal found within “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”. Brother betrays his brother. Mother betrays her son. Husband betrays his wife. The list goes on; however, the concept is all the same, the characters are betrayed by the ones they trust the most. Yet, the main concept within this play is revenge. Shakespeare’s play revolves around the concept of seeking revenge and the repercussions…

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