Hamlet Book Review

 Have you made it from “To be or not To be” To “has been or has not been”?

Hamlet Book Info

Hamlet is the greatest tragedy ever written in the history of English literature by William Shakespeare. Its genre is tragic drama and revenge. It was written in between 1599-1601, in England. It was published in 1603.

List Of Hamlet Characters

  • Hamlet
  • Osric
  • Gertrude
  • Polonius
  • Laertes
  • Ophelia
  • Horatio
  • Fortinbras
  • Rosencrantz
  • Guildenstern
  • Claudius
  • The Ghost

Hamlet Thesis Statement

Of Major Characters

There is a brief introduction to Hamlet thesis statement writing of main characters.

Hamlet:Hamlet, The prince of Denmark and heir to the throne, is a deep thinker. He is madly in love with Ophelia, but to avenge Claudius he even behaves badly with her. He berates her mother because she married with Claudius. He acts as if he were mad to find the truth behind his father’s death.

Claudius:Claudius is a lustful man who murders his own brother to become the king of Denmark. He also marries his wife. He is an expert plot maker and conspires again and again against Hamlet.

Gertrude:Even though Gertrude is a fine and noble woman and a affectionate mother, she is blinded by her emotions. Gertrude hastily marries Claudius after her husband’s death.

Ophelia:Ophelia is a loyal lover to Hamlet and an obedient daughter to Polonius. She loses her mind because of estrangement from Hamlet. She finally commits suicide.


Hamlet Summary

An apparition resembling to the deceased King of Denmark is seen stalking on the ramparts of royal castle. Scared guardsmen decide that they should inform Hamlet, the dead King’s son.

Hamlet’s uncle and the present King Claudius, not only has crowned himself as king but also married to Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude. Claudius proves himself an able King and handles the threat of the Norwegian Prince Fortinbras easily.

Hamlet is enraged about his mother’s marriage to Claudius. Hamlet meets the spirit of his father. The spirit tells Hamlet that Claudius murdered him. The apparition asks Hamlet to seek his revenge. Hamlet agrees to seek revenge.

But he finds himself confused that he should believe the spirit or not. He starts acting half-mad and shows anger at all women.

The Lord Chamberlain, Polonius, considers that the reason of Hamlet’s sick behavior is his lovesickness for Ophelia.

Claudius and Gertrude summon two of Hamlet’s old friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to uncover the reality of Hamlet’s bizarre behavior.

Hamlet makes a plot to uncover the reality behind old Hamlet’s murder. He depicts the scene old Hamlet’s murder in a play, performed by a recently arrived group of actors and observes how Claudius react to it.

Polonius plans to spy on a meeting between Hamlet and Ophelia. In the meeting, Hamlet shows fury against all women and says that he doesn’t love Ophelia.

Claudius believes that Hamlet neither loves Ophelia nor is mad. He now considers Hamlet a peril. Therefore he decides to send him away.

At the play, Claudius leaves the room when the murder scene goes on. Hamlet is now sure that Claudius has murdered his father.

Polonius informs Hamlet that his mother wants to see him in her chamber. When he goes to see Gertrude, he sees Claudius praying in a chapel. He takes out his sword but realizes that he will send Claudius to heaven if he kills him while praying.

In Gertrude’s room, Hamlet criticizes her for marrying Claudius. He is so enraged that she fears death by Hamlet. Polonius, who is hiding behind a drapery, calls for help. Hamlet thinks that he is Claudius and stabs him through fabric.

Claudius asks Hamlet to leave for England with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern saying that he wants to save him from the penalty of Polonius’s murder. In fact, he sends a letter to the King of England to execute Hamlet.

Meanwhile, Polonius’ son, Laertes, comes back to Denmark from France with vengeance for his father’s death. Claudius also makes Laertes believe that Hamlet killed his father.

While on the way to England, in a pirate attack, Hamlet flees back to Denmark.

Claudius comes up with a new scheme and announces a friendly duel between Hamlet and Laertes. He plans to poison Laertes’s blade. If Hamlet wins, he will offer him wine which will be poisoned.

Ophelia goes insane and dies which seems to be a suicide. Hamlet arrives just when the funeral takes place.

Hamlet says to Horatio that he exchanged the letter. Now Rosencrantz and Guildenstern will be executed. Hamlet agrees to take part in duel.

During the duel, Gertrude drinks to Hamlet’s success from the poisoned glass of wine and dies. Laertes wounds Hamlet. While fighting, they happen to exchange swords and Hamlet also wounds Laertes.

Laertes discloses Claudius’s betrayal. Hamlet kills Claudius. Hamlet and Laertes forgive each other and Laertes dies. Hamlet, breathing last, hears the drums of Fortinbras’s army who return defeating Polish in a war, and says Fortinbras should be the new King of Denmark.

Horatio tells Hamlet’s story as Hamlet’s body is taken offstage with the honors due a soldier.


Hamlet Themes

Hamlet themes fall under the following categories:

  • Action and Inaction
  • Appearance vs. Reality
  • Women
  • Religion
  • Honor
  • Revenge
  • Poison
  • Corruption
  • Death

Hamlet Thesis Statement
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