Introduction to Hamlet

By Maddie LeBeau-Maltese

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Author

William Shakespeare, famous author of Hamlet, wrote plays and sonnets centuries ago during the renaissance. He was born on April 23, 1564 in England, son of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. He became part of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men company of theatrical players and built the Globe, a popular theater in 1599, where Shakespeare's plays were performed for years. He married and had kids but his priority was his job, as a writer. His plays continue to be popular in forms of novels.

Introduction to Hamlet

Hamlet starts out in Denmark at a castle where a new royal family member was recently crowned 'King' and decides to marry the queen of the last king who recently died. The son of the queen Gertrude, Hamlet, is anything but happy about these circumstances, especially after his mother moved on from his deceased father so suddenly. A ghost visits the castle, resembling the dead King, warning the guards and his son about the new king Claudius. He reveals that Claudius murdered him to get the crown. After hearing this, Hamlet decides to avenge his fathers death. However, this goes horribly wrong when he kills the wrong person and the story goes downhill from there...
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Hamlet in 60 Seconds

Hamlet in 60 seconds