What Is a Brief Summary of “Hamlet”?
The play “Hamlet,” written by William Shakespeare, follows the journey of Prince Hamlet of Denmark as he seeks revenge on his deceased uncle, Claudius. “Hamlet,” which is also called “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark,” was written by Shakespeare between the years 1599 and 1602. This play is among Shakespeare’s most powerful and popular works.
The play begins with the recent death of King Hamlet, who was Prince Hamlet’s father. Following his death, the king’s brother Claudius, who was the uncle of the young prince, was crowned the King of Denmark. After assuming position as the new king, Claudius married Queen Gertrude, Prince Hamlet’s mother. The young prince is outraged by the actions of Claudius and vows revenge. Not long after the death of his father and marriage of his mother and uncle, the ghost of King Hamlet appears to the prince. Previously, others in the kingdom believed that the king died because of a snake bite, but the ghost reveals that the king was murdered by Claudius. Hamlet then puts on a play for Claudius that reenacts the death of the king. The play concludes with Gertrude drinking from a poisoned cup, Hamlet stabbing Claudius and Hamlet being stabbed by a poisoned blade.