Hamlet / William Shakespeare
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Upon seeing the ghost of his recently deceased father, Prince Hamlet is told by the spectral figure that he was murdered by his brother Claudius. At his father's request, the young Prince of Denmark dedicates his life to avenging his father's murder. His indecision and his madness - feigned or real - result in his tragic downfall. Filled with belligerent confrontations and poignant soliloquies, Hamlet provides all the elements of a classic Shakespearean tragedy.
As the following plays are from two different publishers, there are some differences. Henry V and Macbeth are complete and unabridged versions of Shakespeare's works. The other four contain modernized spelling and punctuation, notes giving explanations of phrases or words used on corresponding pages, textual notes, sources and biographies.
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