who knows anything about the story of Hamlet by william shakespear???
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Danish prince is conflicted over whether or not he saw his father's ghost
- Anonymous1 decade ago
LOTS of people know about Hamlet. It is said that there is more commentary on Hamlet than on any other single work in literature. I don't know if that's true, but it is an indicator that there are just so so so many people that know some things about that story.
I'm one of those people, by the way, though I haven't written anything that has been published.
Let me try:
Hamlet, the Dane
A Dane heard it straight from a spook
The King was a killer - a kook!
He'd slain his own brother
To bed the Dane's mother,
Earning him Hamlet's rebuke.
- cochenourLv 44 years ago
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- 1 decade ago
it has that famous frase, "to be or not to be. that is the question"
It´s a play that deal with the issues of hamlet who is a knight.
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- DoethinebLv 71 decade ago
Just go to this link and you'll end up knowing more about it than anyone in your class. http://22.214.171.124/search?q=cache:BN43zS0eusUJ:ww...
- 1 decade ago
Yes, but what do you need to know?
You really didn't have to spend 5 pts on this (not like its serious, but w/e)
you could've gone to wikipedia.com and just typed it in! thesre's so much info!
- BwilkersonLv 41 decade ago
I know some things about it, but you'll have to ask more of a specific question... what do you need to know?
- 1 decade ago
I do! Eight corpses in all! Do you have a specific question?Source(s): My years as an English Major
- College KidLv 51 decade ago
The earliest recorded performance of Hamlet was in July 1602; in 1603 the play was acted at both Universities, Cambridge and Oxford. Along with Richard II, Hamlet was acted by the crew of Capt. William Keeling aboard the British East India Company ship Dragon, off Sierra Leone, in September 1607. More conventional Court performances occurred in 1619 and in 1637, the latter on January 24 at Hampton Court Palace. Since Hamlet is second only to Falstaff along Shakespeare's characters in the number of allusions and references to him in contemporary literature, the play must have been performed with a frequency totally missed by the skimpy historical record. Hamlet was entered into the Register of the Stationers Company on July 26, 1602, and published later that year by the booksellers Nicholas Ling and John Trundell. Q1 is a "bad quarto," containing just over half of the text of Q2; Q2 was published in 1604, again by Nicholas Ling. Reprints of Q2 followed in 1611 (Q3) and 1637 (Q5); there was also an undated Q4 (possibly from 1622). The First Folio text appeared in 1623. Q1, Q2, and F are the three elements in the textual problem of Hamlet (see Text below).
The play was revived early in the Restoration era; Sir William Davenant staged a 1661 production at Lincoln's Inn Fields. David Garrick mounted a version at Drury Lane in 1772 that omitted the gravediggers and expanded his own leading role. William Poel staged a production of the Q1 text in 1881.
The story of the Danish Prince "Amleth", who plots revenge on his uncle, the current king, for killing his father, the former king, is an old one (see the legendary Hamlet). Many of the story elements — Hamlet's feigned madness, his mother's hasty marriage to the usurper, the testing of the prince's madness with a young woman, the prince talking to his mother and killing a hidden spy, the prince being sent to England with two retainers and substituting for the letter requesting his execution one requesting theirs — are already here in this medieval tale, recorded by Saxo Grammaticus in his Gesta Danorum around 1200. A reasonably accurate version of Saxo was rendered into French in 1570 by François de Belleforest in his Histoires Tragiques.
Shakespeare's main source, however, is believed to be an earlier play — now lost (and possibly by Thomas Kyd) — known as the Ur-Hamlet. This earlier Hamlet play was in performance by 1589, and seems to have introduced a ghost for the first time into the story. Scholars are unable to assert with any confidence how much Shakespeare took from this play, how much from other contemporary sources (such as Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy), and how much from Belleforest (possibly something) or Saxo (probably nothing). But certainly, Shakespeare's Hamlet has elements that the medieval version does not: the secrecy of the murder, a ghost that urges revenge, the "other sons" Laertes and Fortinbras, the testing of the king via a play, and the mutually fatal nature of Hamlet's (nearly incidental) "revenge".
List of characters
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Prince Hamlet, the title character, is the son of the late King, also named Hamlet. He is just back from Wittenberg, where he was a sometime student at the university.
Claudius, King of Denmark, Hamlet's uncle
Claudius is the current King of Denmark, Hamlet's uncle, who succeeded to the throne upon the death of his brother, the old King Hamlet. He also, in short order, married Gertrude, his brother's widow. He is revealed to be the killer of King Hamlet.
Gertrude, Queen of Denmark, Hamlet's mother
Gertrude is Hamlet's mother. Widowed by King Hamlet's death, she rather too quickly wedded Claudius. In Shakespeare's England marriage to the brother of one's deceased husband was considered incest by the Church.
Ghost appearing to be Hamlet's father, the former king
The ghost is, in form, the old King Hamlet, but may be an evil spirit. The old king has died recently, so his spirit, while suffering in Purgatory, could be walking at night, vexed and vengeful.
Polonius, counselor to the king
Polonius (who was known as Corambis in the "bad" first quarto) is Claudius's chief advisor and father to Ophelia and Laertes. He is old, and often humourously played as fatuous and long-winded.
Laertes, son of Polonius
Laertes is a young aristocrat who has been living in Paris, come home for the coronation of Claudius. "Laertes" is the name of Odysseus's father in Homer's epics.
Ophelia by John William Waterhouse.Ophelia, daughter of Polonius
Ophelia is Polonius's daughter. She and Hamlet have had a romance, although whether it was mainly in the form of letters, gifts, and significant looks, or had advanced further, is not clear.
Reynaldo, servant to Polonius
Horatio, Hamlet's friend and fellow-student
Horatio is a friend of Hamlet's from Wittenberg. Apparently a Dane, he had come to Elsinore for old Hamlet's funeral and has stayed on. He is viewed as a "scholar", and converses easily with almost everyone in the court, from the guards to the royals. Horatio is the only character with whom Hamlet converses freely with for the majority of the play.
Marcellus, Barnardo, Francisco, officers of the watch
Voltemand, Cornelius, ambassadors to Norway
Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, former schoolfellows of Hamlet
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are old school-fellows of Hamlet. If they knew him at university, it must have been a while ago, as they seem not to know Horatio, recently from Wittenberg. Both their names were extant in Denmark at the time Shakespeare composed Hamlet, so he could have gotten them from a number of sources.
Fortinbras, Prince of Norway
Fortinbras is the Norwegian crown prince. He is the son of King Fortinbras, who was killed in battle by Hamlet's father, so he, too, has vengeance on his mind. His firm and decisive action contrasts with Hamlet's procrastination. His name means "strong arm".
Captain in the Norwegian army
Osric, Lord, Gentleman, courtiers
Osric is a courtier, "full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse", who referees the sword fight between Hamlet and Laertes.
First Clown, a gravedigger and sexton
A popular character, he is almost never cut in performance. What would Hamlet be without Yorick's skull?
Second Clown, his assistant
He who utters 'Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead'
Lords, Attendants, Sailors, Soldiers, Guards
The story of Hamlet concerns young Prince Hamlet whose father, Hamlet the King of Denmark (who bears the same name as his son), has recently and unexpectedly passed away. His brother, Claudius, has inherited the throne and taken the former king’s wife (and also Prince Hamlet’s mother), Gertrude, as his own. Prince Hamlet is greatly grieved by the surrogation of Claudius to the throne and Gertrude’s hasty remarriage to her departed husband’s brother, whom Prince Hamlet considers hardly worth of comparison to his father.
On a dark winter night, a ghost resembling the appearance of the deceased King Hamlet appears to Bernardo, Marcellus, and Horatio, watchmen of Elsinore Castle in Denmark, seemingly with an important message to deliver. However, the ghost vanishes before his message can be told. The sentries notify the prince, prompting his investigation into the matter. The apparition appears once again and speaks to Hamlet, revealing to him that his father was murdered by Claudius. After commanding Hamlet to avenge his father’s death, the ghost disappears. Hamlet plots to confirm Claudius’s guilt by feigning madness.
Hamlet and Ophelia by Dante Gabriel RossettiUpon the notice of Claudius and Gertrude, a pair of Hamlet’s schoolmates named Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are appointed to monitor him and discover the cause of his apparent insanity. Polonius, the councilor to the king, suspects that the origin of Hamlet’s madness lies with his love for Polonius’s daughter, Ophelia. However, in a secretly overseen meeting between the two suspected lovers, there is no evidence that Hamlet loves Ophelia; to the contrary, he orders her away to a nunnery.
Hamlet contrives a plan to uncover Claudius’s guilt by staging a play reenacting the murder. Claudius interrupts the play midway through and leaves the room. Horatio confirms the king’s reaction and Hamlet goes to avenge his father. He is poised to kill when he finds Claudius in prayer but concludes that killing him now would result in his soul’s passage to heaven – an inappropriate fate for one so evil. However, when he leaves, Claudius reveals that he had not been praying in a very pious manner.
Hamlet goes to confront and reprimand his mother. When he hears a noise behind the curtain, he thrusts his sword into it, killing the eavesdropping Polonius. Fearing for his own safety, Claudius deports Hamlet to England along with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who, unbeknownst to Hamlet, carry a request for the arrangement of his death.
Ophelia, afflicted by grief, goes mad and drowns in a river (perhaps by her own doing). Laertes, her brother and Polonius’s son, returns from his visit to France enraged. Claudius convinces Laertes that Hamlet is to blame for the death of Polonius. Hamlet sends word that he has returned to Denmark after his ship was attacked by pirates on the way to England. Claudius, realizing in Laertes an opportunity to get rid of Hamlet, wagers that Hamlet can best Laertes in a fencing match. The fight is a setup; Laertes’s blade is poisoned, as is the wine in a goblet from which Hamlet is to drink.
During the bout, Gertrude drinks from the poisoned goblet and dies. Laertes succeeds in cutting Hamlet, then is cut by his own blade. With his dying breath, he reveals the king’s plot to kill Hamlet. Hamlet manages to kill Claudius before he too succumbs to the fatal poison. Fortinbras, a Norwegian prince with ambitions of conquest, leads his army to Denmark and comes upon the scene. Horatio recounts the tale and Fortinbras orders Hamlet’s body to be carried away honorably.Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamlet