Hamlet

First performed around 1600, Hamlet tells the story of a prince whose duty to revenge his father’s death entangles him in philosophical problems he can’t solve. Shakespeare’s best-known play is widely regarded as the most influential literary work ever written.

Summary

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Characters

See a complete list of the characters in Hamlet and in-depth analyses of Hamlet, Claudius, Gertrude, Ophelia, and Polonius.

Main Ideas

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Quotes

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Further Study

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