Perhaps the most influential of all English tragedies, the play's full title, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, was written by William Shakespeare between 1599 and 1602. The ghost of Hamlet's father calls the young prince to seek revenge on his weak uncle Claudius, who murdered his own brother and seized the throne. As if that's not enough, he also stole the heart of his dead brother's wife. A complicated tragedy-for-the-ages to reread or watch in its numerous and far-ranging adaptations. This is Shakespeare's most performed and longest play, often studied in high school grades 11-12. You might also be interested in reading Hamlet and His Problems by T.S. Eliot

Hamlet with Yorick's Skull by Henry Courtney Selous (1803-1890)

Table of Contents

Dramatis Personae

ACT I - Scene I

ACT I - Scene II

ACT I - Scene III

ACT I - Scene IV

ACT I - Scene V

ACT II - Scene I

ACT II - Scene II

ACT III - Scene I

ACT III - Scene II


ACT III - Scene IV

ACT IV - Scene I

ACT IV - Scene II

ACT IV - Scene III

ACT IV - Scene IV

ACT IV - Scene V

ACT IV - Scene VI

ACT IV - Scene VII

ACT V - Scene I

ACT V - Scene II

Return to the William Shakespeare library.

© 2022 AmericanLiterature.com