The Greatest Tragedy: "Hamlet" Book Review by Susie

The Greatest Tragedy: "Hamlet"
A description of all the tragedies throughout William Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
# 119436 | 1,945 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 28, 2010 in Drama and Theater (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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This paper looks relates that throughout Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet", there are liars, cheaters, deceivers, and those who seek retaliation and how. The paper also relates that it is tragic to find an honorable character such as Hamlet so indulged in retaliation because his intentions were upright and respectable. The paper specifically examines how betrayal is a tragedy that extended all through the play and how it is a sad reality that there are so many instances in the play when tragedy occurs because of one person's betrayal of another. The betrayal of Claudius killing his brother was what started the plays rampant tragedies, and it took betrayals by others in the play to find the overall solution past King Hamlet's death.

From the Paper:

"From King Hamlet's murder came his son's noble will for revenge, which at every attempt, was a failing tragedy. On a gloomy, eerie night in Denmark, a most spiteful and vengeful ghost arises only to be witnessed as the late King Hamlet. In his appearance to Hamlet and company, he makes Prince Hamlet aware that he is, indeed, his father and that he was inexcusably murdered by his brother, Hamlet's uncle, Claudius. In his dreadful description, he makes Hamlet promise to avenge his death. After Hamlet's unending grief for his father, he is bombarded by yet another life changing experience--his father's spiritual return. Not only is this a shocking scene, but Hamlet also gains knowledge of his father's untimely death and how he can avenge him and make the royal order right. After seeing the ghost, Hamlet is unsure whether to believe him or not about Claudius, but he is thereafter determined to find out. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Tragedy." Columbia Encyclopedia. 2008. 14 May 2008 <>.

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