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Madness and Death

The play Hamlet was written in the 1600's. It is a very renowned play and is still read by millions each year. William Shakespeare is a famous writer and a lot of his work is still around today. I believe that Hamlet is his best piece. It is written in Old English, which is hard to understand because it is very different from how we speak and write today. The Old English style of writing makes it more authentic in the sense that you can take the words from the play and relate it to the current time period to have a better understanding. Although I read Hamlet in my English class my senior of high school, it really did not interest me as much as it did this time around. When I read the play for the second time, I had a much better understanding of it which made me like it more since I actually knew what was going on in the play. As soon as I finished Act I, I was hooked. I could visualize the play in my head as if I were watching a TV series on Netflix. Every chance I got, I would read, so when I finished the book it felt amazing. Although the majority of the story was important, there were two themes that I found to be prominent: death and madness.

Hamlet is a prince of Denmark, and his father is the king. When Hamlet goes away to school, he receives news that his father has passed away. When he returns, his uncle, Claudius, is the new king, but his mother is still the queen. Hamlet sees a ghost who ends up being his father and he tells hamlet that his uncle was the one who killed him. Hamlet's father tells him that he needs to devote himself to pursuing revenge on his death. That is exactly what hamlet does. Hamlet is not the type of person who will just act on death he thinks about it and makes sure he is doing the right thing. Hamlet does so, but his friend Claudius notices he is acting strange and mad. Claudius then goes to a couple of Hamlet’s friends, Rosencrantz and Guildensters, and tells them that they need to spy on Hamlet and...
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