When the king of Denmark suddenly dies, his brother, Claudius, ascends the throne and marries the king’s widow, Gertrude, to solidify his reign. Prince Hamlet, sullen after his father’s passing and mother’s sudden remarriage, soon learns the treacherous truth about his father’s death, and swears to take his revenge on the man responsible.
Known as “The Bard of Avon,” William Shakespeare is arguably the greatest English-language writer known. Enormously popular during his life, Shakespeare’s works continue to resonate more than three centuries after his death, as has his influence on theatre and literature. Shakespeare’s innovative use of character, language, and experimentation with romance as tragedy served as a foundation for later playwrights and dramatists, and some of his most famous lines of dialogue have become part of everyday speech.
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