Hamlet: Theme Analysis

The true nature of Hamlets madness has been an issue of debate for scholars over the centuries.  One theory is that Hamlets madness was for his own protection.  In the time period in which Hamlet would have lived, governments functioned through the usage of intricate spying networks.  In Hamlets Denmark, no one is permitted to …

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Hamlet: Metaphor Analysis

ACT II, SCENE 5, LINES 105-111 “Yea, from the table of my memory Ill wipe away all trivial, fond records, All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, That youth and observation copied there, And thy commandment all alone shall live Within the book and volume of my brain, Unmixed with baser matter.” Hamlet …

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Hamlet: Character Profiles

Hamlet Prince of Denmark, son of Queen Gertrude and the late King Hamlet.  He is believed to be mad following the death of his father.  He is greatly disturbed by the hasty marriage of his mother to his uncle especially since he considers the relationship to be incestuous.  The ghost of his dead father tells …

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Hamlet: Novel Summary: Act 4, Scene 4

Fortinbras and his army arrive for their promised march across the kingdom.  Fortinbras sends his captain to obtain an escort from Claudius.  Hamlet encounters the captain and is shamed by the vigorous activity of the army.  He resolves to take action himself.