February 17, 2013
Hamlet and The Catcher in the Rye Summaries and Backgrounds
In William Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet,” a young Prince comes back home when he finds out about the death of his father. When he arrives, a few of his friends that the ghost of his father has been wondering the kingdom and that they tried to talk to it, but it would just disappear. Hamlet also is made aware that his mother, Gertrude, and his uncle, Claudius, his father’s brother, have married. His feelings about this are not very positive. When Hamlet comes into contact with his father’s ghost, the ghost tells Hamlet that his uncle murdered him and that he needed to avenge his death. When this ghost tells him to do so, Hamlet goes crazy. Hamlet puts on a play for his uncle that is about a murder. His uncle leaves in the middle of it because he is guilty. Hamlet begins to plan his murder of his uncle, but before he can do so, the girl that loves him, Ophelia, tells his uncle of Hamlet’s madness and he sends him off. Before Hamlet leaves, he is “alone” talking to his mother when Ophelia’s father, Polonius, is stabbed by Hamlet because he is spying from behind the curtain. When Ophelia finds out about this she goes into a deep depression and commits suicide. At Ophelia’s funeral her brother, Laertes, starts to yell about how much he loved his sister so Hamlet comes from behind the trees and exclaims that he loved Ophelia more. This leads to Laertes and Hamlet facing off in a fencing war. Claudius poisons the end of Laertes sword so when he stabs Hamlet, he will die. When they begin to sword fight, Gertrude drinks from the poison bottle, killing herself. Then Laertes is cut by his own sword with poison. This then makes it clear that Claudius was trying to kill him so Hamlet stabs him with the poisoned sword. After Claudius dies from the poison, Hamlet also dies because he was struck at the beginning of the fight.
Hamlet was written between 1599 and...