"O, that this too too solid flesh would melt,
Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd
His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God! God!
How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
Seem to me all the uses of this world!" Act I, scene ii
Synopsis: King Hamlet (Senior) is dead. Long live his brother, Claudius, who succeeds him to the throne (despite Hamlet having a living, sane son). To cement his hold on the Danish throne, Claudius marries his brother's widow, Gertrude, despite it seeming incest in that day and age. Then, Hamlet, Junior is recalled to Elsinore, Denmark. When Junior arrives, chaos ensues. His father's ghost informs him of his uncle's foul deeds (i.e. murder of Hamlet's father, etc.) and Hamlet is placed in a quandary. There unfolds a tale of pretended madness, vengeance, betrayed love and mere betrayal. On top of all that, Norway invades Denmark. At the end of the play, the only main character left standing is faithful Horatio.
Hamlet, Gertrude and Hamlet, Sr.'s kid/Nephew to Claudius; "rightful" heir?
Claudius, King of Denmark; twerp
The Text of the Play: Hamlet
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