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Study Guide for William Shakespeare's Hamlet including scene summary, character analysis, and more. Learn all about Hamlet, ask questions, and get the answers you need.


Book Basics

Author: William Shakespeare

Years Written: 1599–1601

Type: Play

Genre: Drama, Tragedy

Perspective and Narrator:

Hamlet is written in objective third-person point of view. To give audiences some insight into characters' inner thoughts, Shakespeare uses short speeches (asides) and longer speeches (soliloquies) in which characters speak their thoughts aloud.


Shakespeare wrote Hamlet in the present tense.

About the Title:

Hamlet is a tale of mourning, madness, and revenge. The play's title refers to its central character, Prince Hamlet of Denmark, and to his murdered father, King Hamlet, whose death he must avenge.

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