Hamlet | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Overview

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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.

Tense

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.

Summary

This study guide and infographic for William Shakespeare's Hamlet offer summary and analysis on themes, symbols, and other literary devices found in the text. Explore Course Hero's library of literature materials, including documents and Q&A pairs.

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