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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2000
I absolutely love Shakespeare and Hamlet is my favorite Shakespearian play thus far. Besides Shakespeare's usual flare for the English language, Hamlet's quick wit, philosophical and artful masterpieces of soliloque, and a wonderfully tragic plot make Hamlet an engaging read (or viewing, I've done both). The characters arouse all the sympathy, hatred, and love they were intended to. I read this play in a matter of days because I couldn't put it down. If you don't have time to read this play, or comprehending the language is a trial PLEASE see it somewhere. Watching the actors and listening to their voice inflections will help a lot, I promise.
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on December 10, 1999
I am writing this review not so much as in reference to any one particular title, rather to the Folger Library editions of Shakepeare. I find this company's books to be of most value when reading Shakepeare because the book reviews terms no longer used,and helps to make plots clearer. It is often hard for some to understand the complexities of Shakeperean work, and I have seen the way Folger's organizes their books help readers to understand them better. Any book you order from this company will be enlightening and helpful, providing you with a more enjoyable exposure the Shakespeare's great works.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon November 25, 2013
This really is "The Tragical History of Hamlet Prince of Denmark" and not only the Prince but his family. Not only his family but his friends. The tragedy started in the previous generation. Will it end with Hamlet?

Many people are interested in dissecting underlying themes and read more into the characters actions than was probably intended. Many of phrases from Hamlet now challenge Bible for those popular quotes that no one remembers where they came from. The real fun is in just reading the story and as you find that it is not as foreign as you may have thought; you see many characters like these around you today.

A synopsis, Old Hamlet conquered Old Fortinbras seizing Fortinbras' land. Now that Old Hamlet is dead, Young Fortinbras wants his land back and is willing to take it by force. Meanwhile back in Dänemark Prince Hamlet who is excessively grieving the loss of his father, the king, gets an interesting insight from his father's ghost. Looks like Old Hamlet was a victim of a "murder most foul"; it appears his mother and uncle were in cahoots on the murder. On top of that they even get married before the funeral meats are cold.

The story is about Hamlet's vacillating as to what to do about his father's murder. However he does surprise many with his persistence and insight.

You will find many great movie presentations and imitations of the story; this is an intriguing read but was really meant to be watched.

William Shakespeare's Hamlet (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon September 23, 2006
This really is "The Tragical History of Hamlet Prince of Denmark" and not only the Prince but his family. Not only his family but his friends. Not only his friends but all though that came before him and is told to those that came after him.

You can slow down and pick apart many underlying themes and may of the phrases that now challenge Bible sayings in today's sound bites. But the real fun is in just reading the story and you will find that it is not as foreign as you may have thought.

A quick synopsis is that Old Hamlet conquered Old Fortinbras seizing his land. Now that Old Hamlet is dead, Young Fortinbras wants his land back and is willing to take it by force. Meanwhile back in D'nemark Young Hamlet who is excessively grieving for the loss of his father, gets a now insight from his fathers ghost. Looks like he was a victim of a "murder most foul"; it looks like his mother and uncle were in cahoots on the murder.

The story is about what each person felt and acted or did not act upon the situation.

You will find many movies and perverted imitations of the story but nothing will replace the original that was intended to be watched but reads well.
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This really is "The Tragical History of Hamlet Prince of Denmark" and not only the Prince but his family. Not only his family but his friends. Not only his friends but all though that came before him and is told to those that came after him.

You can take time to scrutinize and pick apart many underlying themes or may of the phrases that now challenge Bible sayings in today's sound bites. But the real fun is in just reading the story and you will find that it is not as foreign as you may have thought.

A quick synopsis is that Old Hamlet conquered Old Fortinbras seizing his land. Now that Old Hamlet is dead, Young Fortinbras wants his land back and is willing to take it by force. Meanwhile back in D'nemark Young Hamlet who is excessively grieving for the loss of his father, gets a now insight from his fathers ghost. Looks like he was a victim of a "murder most foul"; it looks like his mother and uncle were in cahoots on the murder.

The story is about what each person felt and acted or did not act upon the situation.

You will find many movies and perverted imitations of the story but nothing will replace the original scripts that were intended to be watched.
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This really is "The Tragical History of Hamlet Prince of Denmark" and not only the Prince but his family. Not only his family but his friends. Not only his friends but all though that came before him and is told to those that came after him.

You can take time to scrutinize and pick apart many underlying themes or may of the phrases that now challenge Bible sayings in today's sound bites. But the real fun is in just reading the story and you will find that it is not as foreign as you may have thought.

A quick synopsis is that Old Hamlet conquered Old Fortinbras seizing his land. Now that Old Hamlet is dead, Young Fortinbras wants his land back and is willing to take it by force. Meanwhile back in Dänemark Young Hamlet who is excessively grieving for the loss of his father, gets a now insight from his fathers ghost. Looks like he was a victim of a "murder most foul"; it looks like his mother and uncle were in cahoots on the murder.

The story is about what each person felt and acted or did not act upon the situation.

You will find many movies and perverted imitations of the story but nothing will replace the original scripts that were intended to be watched.
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on December 14, 2002
Like another reviewer wrote, Hamlet is a tragedy of youth, but it isn't the tragedy of lost innocence, it's a tragedy of youthful rashness. Yes, I said rashness. Hamlet doesn't think too much, he thinks too rashly, too hastily, without mature consideration. Just because his mother is a whore he quickly concludes that all women therefore must be whores. This is why he torments Ophelia and bids her, "get thee to a nunnery". This is why he decries, "woman, thy name weakness". This is why he's despondent and unable to respond to his father's injunctions.
There are plenty of examples in the play of this youthful recklessness. Laertes, when he learns of his father's death, immediately rushes back to Denmark and assembles an army to exact revenge. Fortinbras does the same thing in order to retake the land his father lost to Hamlet's father. Both are checked in their youthful exuberance by their respective kings. Polonius' advice to his son is nothing but words of caution against youthful excesses (drink, women, gambling). Polonius' advice to his daughter is nothing but strictures against falling hopelessly in love with Hamlet. The little dialogue between Hamlet and Rosencrantz about the state of theater in London is about how a wild and vociferous younger generation of actors have sabotaged the stage and are holding the older generation at bay.
Hamlet himself exhibits other rash behavior. When he sees Ophelia's funeral procession and hears Laertes' expressions of grief, he (Hamlet), regardless of the danger he throws himself in, he recklessly jumps into the procession and proclaims HIS love above the brother's. When Hamlet first sees the ghost he doesn't think to question whether the apparition is authentic. He believes it instinctively. It only occurs to him much later that he may have been the dupe of an evil spirit. When he discovers someone eavesdropping on his talk with his mother, he immediately kills him without even looking to see who it is. When the king invites Hamlet to fence with Laertes for a stake, he rashly throws caution to the wind and cavalierly accepts the offer.
Cases of this youthful impulsiveness are legion in the play and wherever it goes unchecked, tragedy ennsues. Not just Hamlet's death, but also Laerte's deception by the king, and Ophelia's suicide. Fortinbras alone comes out unscathed, and only because he accepted the wise counsel of the king of Norway.
So Hamlet can be seen as a play about the folly of youth. Issues about the evil in human nature are raised, but these are not the central themes. In fact, the play lacks a certain unity of design because there is a big difference between the rashness of youth, which is not an evil, and fratricide and incest, which are. There's a big incongruity between the central and secondary themes. For this reason I give Hamlet less than five stars.
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on December 2, 2002
To say that Hamlet is good would be the understatement of the decade. Hamlet proves to be a masterpiece of masterpieces -a shining paradigm of unparalleled magnificence unlike any other play ever written. I thoroughly enjoyed Julius Caesar, Othello, Macbeth, Henry V, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, etc.
Nonetheless, I unquestionably rate Hamlet as Shakespeare's crowning achievement - his magnum opus.
Hamlet proves to be a prodigiously powerful and profoundly potent play incredibly chock-full of amazing quotes and axioms that I memorize and incorporate into everyday life - from Polonius's sanctimonious speeches spoken to Laertes and Ophelia("To thine own self be true") to Marcellus("Something is rotten in the state of Denmark") to of course the avenger himself Prince Hamlet("Frailty, thy name is woman!").
Although Hamlet's faults of inaction, procrastination, and paradoxical impetuosity preclude our protagonist from overcoming his impending and unalterable doom, I unavoidably empathize with him and his inevitable plight. Hamlet is grievously wronged by so many in his life - his uncle Claudius, his mother Gertrude, his love Ophelia, the ostensibly wise Polonius, shamefully by his traitorous "friends" Rosencrantz & Guildenstern, and lastly by his murderous foil(no pun intended)Laertes. The undeniable central theme of uncontrollable fatalism pervades throughout Hamlet. I felt as if Hamlet was on an unstoppable one way train going 200 miles/hour straight into a brick wall. Sadly, he knows he shall soon meet his untimely demise as he picks up his foil to fight Laertes. Fittingly, the victorious young Fortinbras proves to personify what could have and should have become of our tragically departed hero.
To be read time and time again - even if just for the supremely witty quotes. Recommended AFTER reading: Kenneth Branagh or Laurence Olivier's film versions - both long, but undeniably superb.
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on September 11, 2002
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, written by William Shakespeare, considered to be one of the best playwrights of all time, was a solid, entertaining drama. Hamlet is consistently suspenseful and full of struggle between the characters.
As a first time Shakespeare reader, I found the play challenging to read because it contains language written about four centuries ago. However, Shakespeare carefully crafted his words of prose so that every sensible person would enjoy reading it.
Hamlet is about a prince of the same name. He learns that his father, once King, had been murdered by his uncle, now the King, who, soon after his father's death, married Hamlet's mother. The ghost of King Hamlet arrives one night and wants Hamlet to revenge his father's death. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is woven with many unique characters that only Shakespeare could provide. These characters include the pathetic Polonius, the suicidal Ophelia and the ignorant and foolish Queen Gertrude. Hamlet struggles throughout the play to determine the right thing to do regarding his father's death, and how to do it.
I recommend this book to all people who love great drama. In this bold piece of literature and many of his other works, Shakespeare has the unique ability to teach many valuable and interesting lessons, some of which are comical, and some of which are serious. If you are new to the world of dramas such as Hamlet, you may soon become an addict. As you can see, Shakespeare is an amazing playwright, and I hope you have the pleasure of reading this story in the future.
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on March 26, 2002
Ah, me. To read the reviews of this play -- and to
think of the wasted minds, education, and culture.
Why don't we just shut down the schools and bring on
the dancing girls? Where are we headed?
Or to quote from this play:
"What is a Man
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more.
Surely He that made us with such large discourse,
Looking before and after, gave us not
That capability and godlike reason
To fust in us unused. " -- Hamlet.
[Act 4, Scene 4.]
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But enough "preaching."
This review applies to THE NEW FOLGER LIBRARY
edition of HAMLET. This series is remarkable
in a number of ways. I especially like the
formatting of the text. The text of the play,
well printed -- not cramped, is on the right-hand
page in the book, while on the left-hand page are
the notes and glosses and illustrations which
help to explain words or allusions which occur
in the text on the right-hand page. This arrangement
makes things very easy and interesting to read.
Before the text of the play itself, this
edition has short sections titled: Shakespeare's
HAMLET. Reading Shakespeare's Language (which has
subsections titled: Shakespeare's Words. Shakespeare's
Sentences. Shakespearean Wordplay [not foreplay, but
if it were wordplay in the Foreword, it might be
Foreword play or word Foreplay -- which is what
punning is, and Shakespeare likes puns quite a bit --
as did Herman Melville and Henry David Thoreau].
Implied Stage Action.). Shakespeare's Life.
Shakespeare's Theater. The Publication of Shakespeare's
Plays. An Introduction to this Text.
In the back of this volume is an essay titled
"HAMLET: A Modern Perspective." by Michael Neill.
His first sentences are certainly provocative: "The
great Russian director Vsevolod Meyerhold used to
maintain that 'if all the plays ever written suddenly
disappeared and only HAMLET miraculously survived,
all the theaters in the world would be saved. They
could all put on HAMLET and be successful.' Perhaps
Meyerhold exaggerated because of his frustration -- he
was prevented from ever staging the tragedy by Soviet
dictator Joseph Stalin, who apparently thought it too
dangerous to be performed -- but Meyerhold's sense of
HAMLET's extraordinary breadth of appeal is amply
confirmed by its stage history. Praised by Shakespeare's
contemporaries for its power to 'please all' [not in
the modern era, 21st century Ameriky on the verge of
sliding into either "A Clockwork Orange" or "Bladerunner"
barbarism and mediocre diffusion...] as well as to
'please the wiser sort,' it provided his company
with an immediate and continuing success.
-- Michael Neill. (p. 307)
In the back are also suggested "Further Readings"
(which appear to be very interesting essays) and a
Key to Famous Lines and Phrases. At this price,
and with such an attractive volume, and formatting
this is really "a deal" as "they" say.
Remember, there ARE hierarchies of value in life --
everything is NOT just "stuff."
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