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Summary

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.

Overview

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.

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.

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