Hamlet Study Guide

Hamlet

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Hamlet is a Shakespearian tragedy about Hamlet, the son of the recently deceased King of Denmark. The ghost of Hamlet's father informs him that he was actually killed by Hamlet's uncle, Claudius, who has married his mother, Gertrude, to become king. The play centers around Hamlet's ambiguous mental and emotional state of scheming, wavering, insanity and despair. In the end, Hamlet kills Claudius to avenge his father's death and most of the major characters are also killed.