November 10, 2011
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Hamlet was much more tragic than I could have ever imagined. In my opinion, this is the most catastrophic of all Shakespearean work. The play starts off with the three appearances by the ghost of the late King Hamlet, father to Hamlet. It was not until the third appearance that Hamlet actually saw his dad. I thought it to be very interesting that the late King Hamlet’s ghost would only speak to his son, Hamlet. He wanted his murder to be avenged and he came to Hamlet to make that happen. Although, the revenge did not go down as King Hamlet wanted it. The play also has the story of love and perhaps hate between Hamlet and Ophelia. Hamlet, however, is too preoccupied by the middle of the play with finding out about how his father died to be in a serious romance, so the love story between him and Ophelia goes all wrong. Ophelia ends up following her father Polonius’ every word that she ruined any chances with Hamlet by just being dishonest with her intentions. Hamlet, also dealing with his mother remarrying his uncle, King Claudius, is not really feeling the love towards women at all, so this makes him very sour towards Ophelia. Ophelia’s father, Polonius, is quite the character with his brown-nosing the King and Queen, interfering in his son Laertes and daughter Ophelia’s love lives, and his spying on Hamlet. He has way too many bad things going on that I am sure most readers have a good feeling that he will not end up alive by the end of the play. Hamlet is a very complex play with many turning points that kept me on my toes through every part. Hamlet, like most Shakespeare does end in tragedy, but it is a very interesting read with some unexpected comedy, love, and drama.