Shakespeare and Hamlet

The Famous Story

William Shakespeare

Shakespeare is most known for his "A Midummer Night's Dream," and "Hamlet." His comedic plays were one of the first in his time. Altogether, he wrote 37 plays and 154 works that we know of. On top of not being sure the exact amount of writings he has, there is also uncertainty on how to spell his name seeing as there are over 80 variations for spelling it.


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Hamlet

One of his most popular plays, "Hamlet," tells the tale of young Prince Hamlet and his revenge for his deceased father, King Hamlet. This is one of his tragic tales. It consists of love, betrayal, and all the typical horrible things that could happen in a tragic story.


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His Insults

Shakespeare, as charming as he is with his words and stories, is also known for his insults. Some examples would be "You egg!" (Macbeth), "Thou damned and luxurious mountain goat" (Henry V), and my personal favorite, "I do wish thou wert a dog." (-Timon of Athens)

In modern culture we would say Shakespeare was savage.


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Thanks William

How many of you have said or heard"Fight fire with fire" or "Off with his head?" The second you should have heard in the famous story of Alice in Wonderland. Well you can thank Shakespeare for that. Some things we say still do this day, Shakespeare said it too. If you ever wonder where certain phrases come from, try checking out Shakespeare first. There is chance he was the one who created it. One phrase that I have personally gotten before is "Green Eyed Monster." Thanks William.


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HEY FUN FACT

I took the "Which Shakespeare character are you?" quiz, and I got Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing!


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Shakespeare and his weird way with words

Shakespeare fell in love with using Iambic Parameter. What is this?

Pent means five. So a line of Iambic Parameter consists of five iambs - five sets of unstressed syllables followed by stressed syllables.


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So why did Shakespeare write Hamlet?

Shakespeare’s telling of the story of Prince Hamlet was derived from several sources, notably from Books III and IV of Saxo Grammaticus’s 12th-century Gesta Danorum and from volume 5 (1570) of Histoires tragiques, a free translation of Saxo by François de Belleforest. The play was evidently preceded by another play of Hamlet (now lost), usually referred to as the Ur-Hamlet, of which Thomas Kyd is a conjectured author.


Shakespeare was one of the first to really hit home with the reality of suicide. This is shown in Hamlet when Ophelia drowns herself.


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More Information

Shakespeare's "Hamlet," is a tragedy that is written in five acts. He wrote this to show the world in a different light. So people could see that there can and will be death, destruction, and retribution. These moral failures often drive the twists and turns of Shakespeare's plots, destroying the hero and those he loves.


Shakespeare is often called the English national poet, and is widely considered the greatest dramatist of all time. Known throughout the world, the works of William Shakespeare have been performed in countless hamlets, villages, cities and metropolises for more than 400 years. And yet, the personal history of William Shakespeare is somewhat a mystery. During this time, the only 'record' of births relied within the church. This was only occasioanly and are usually lost in history.


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