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HAMLET (non illustrated) by William Shakespeare

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC HAMLET (non illustrated) Outside Elsinore Castle in Denmark a ghost has begun haunting the night The ghost bears a striking resemblance to King Hamlet who has recently died The watchmen who discover the ghost show Horatio a friend of Prince Hamlet s who suggests they show the prince King Hamlet s ghost tells Hamlet that he was murdered by his brother Claudius and begs Hamlet to avenge his murder Claudius is currently the king having married the former King Hamlet s wife Gertrude and taken the throne .

Hamlet is determined to take revenge However he is mired in self doubt and philosophical reflection and decides to pretend to be insane His mother Queen Gertrude and his stepfather King Claudius enlist two of Hamlet s friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to discover what s wrong .

Since Hamlet was previously interested in Ophelia the daughter of King Claudius right hand man Polonius Polonius suspects that Hamlet may be mad with denied love Claudius and Polonius decide to spy on Hamlet while he talks to Ophelia but he is cold and scornful toward her and women in general .

An acting troupe arrives at the castle Hamlet decides to use the players to discover if Claudius is truly guilty He directs the actors to enact a play depicting the supposed events of King Hamlet s murder as told by the ghost True to Hamlet s expectations Claudius jumps up when the murder is shown and quickly leaves the room Hamlet plans to kill Claudius but when he finds him praying he changes his mind and decides to wait and kill him later Meanwhile Claudius has decided that Hamlet is a threat and should be sent away to England .

Soon after Hamlet and his mother Gertrude talk in her private room He tells her about his suspicions and scolds her for her disloyalty to his father not realizing that Polonius is hiding behind the curtain He hears a noise and immediately stabs the intruder to death believing it to be the King After accidentally killing Polonius Hamlet is sent away to England immediately However the King has also secretly arranged for Hamlet to be put to death in England by sending sealed letters with his escorts Rosencrantz and Guildenstern .

Shortly after setting sail they are attacked by pirates Hamlet manages to escape and return to Denmark Rosencrantz and Guildenstern continue sailing for England unaware that Hamlet has switched out the sealed letters they carry with orders that they be put to death instead .

Scorned by Hamlet and orphaned by Polonius death Ophelia loses her mind Her brother Laertes returns from France determined to avenge the death of his father Polonius His heartbreak and anger intensifies when Ophelia drowns shortly after his return Claudius convinces Laertes to seek his revenge against Hamlet Together they scheme to arrange a fencing match between Laertes and Hamlet however Laertes will switch his dull fencing sword for a sharp poisoned sword so he can kill Hamlet during the match If Hamlet wins the King will supply a poisoned cup for Hamlet to drink from .

Shortly after returning to Denmark Hamlet chances upon Ophelia s funeral and is stricken with grief insisting that he always loved her Back at the castle the sword fighting match begins between Laertes and Hamlet Hamlet is initially winning Queen Gertrude drinks to his success and is killed by the poisoned cup Meanwhile Laertes wounds Hamlet They scuffle and accidentally exchange swords and then Hamlet wounds Laertes When Hamlet perceives that he Laertes and Gertrude have been poisoned he stabs Claudius with the poisoned blade and makes him drink the rest of the poisoned drink Laertes absolves Hamlet of guilt in his and Polonius murder Laertes Hamlet and the King all die within a few minutes of one another non illustrated

Romeo and Juliet

In i Romeo and Juliet i Shakespeare creates a world of violence and generational conflict in which two young people fall in love and die because of that love The story is rather extraordinary in that the normal problems faced by young lovers are here so very large It is not simply that the families of Romeo and Juliet disapprove of the lover s affection for each other rather the Montagues and the Capulets are on opposite sides in a blood feud and are trying to kill each other on the streets of Verona Every time a member of one of the two families dies in the fight his relatives demand the blood of his killer Because of the feud if Romeo is discovered with Juliet by her family he will be killed Once Romeo is banished the only way that Juliet can avoid being married to someone else is to take a potion that apparently kills her so that she is burried with the bodies of her slain relatives In this violent death filled world the movement of the story from love at first sight to the union of the lovers in death seems almost inevitable br p What is so striking about this play is that despite its extraordinary setting one perhaps reflecting Elizabethan attitudes about hot blooded Italians it has become the quintessential story of young love Because most young lovers feel that they have to overcome giant obstacles in order to be together because they feel that they would rather die than be kept apart and especially because the language Shakespeare gives his young lovers is so exquisite allowing them to say to each other just what we would all say to a lover if we only knew how it is easy to respond to this play as if it were about all young lovers rather than about a particular couple in a very unusual world When the play was rewritten in the eighteen century as i The History and Fall of Caius Marius i the violent setting became that of a particularly discordant period in classical Rome when Leonard Berstein rewrote the play as i West Side Story i he chose the violent world of New York street gangs p


One of the greatest plays of all time the compelling tragedy of the tormented young prince of Denmark continues to capture the imaginations of modern audiences worldwide Confronted with evidence that his uncle murdered his father and with his mother s infidelity Hamlet must find a means of reconciling his longing for oblivion with his duty as avenger The ghost Hamlet s feigned madness Ophelia s death and burial the play within a play the closet scene in which Hamlet accuses his mother of complicity in murder and breathtaking swordplay are just some of the elements that make Hamlet an enduring masterpiece of the theater


Folger Shakespeare Library the world s leading center for Shakespeare studies br Each edition includes Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeare s language An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library s vast holdings of rare books Essay by Susan Snyder The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D C is home to the world s largest collection of Shakespeare s printed works and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare s intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander Bad news is Hermia s father wants Demetrius for a son in law On the outside is Helena whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena In the forest unbeknownst to the mortals Oberon and Titania King and Queen of the faeries are having a spat over a servant boy The plot twists up when Oberon s head mischief maker Puck runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke s wedding one of whom is given a donkey s head and Titania for a lover by Puck and the complications become fantastically funny br br b Each Folger Shakespeare Library edition includes b br Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play br Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play br Scene by scene plot summaries br A key to famous lines and phrases br An introduction to reading Shakespeare s language br An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play br Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library s vast holdings of rare books br Essay by Catherine Belsey br The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D C is home to the world s largest collection of Shakespeare s printed works and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs


In Othello Shakespeare creates a powerful drama of a marriage that begins with fascination between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona with elopement and with intense mutual devotion and that ends precipitately with jealous rage and violent deaths He sets this story in the romantic world of the Mediterranean moving the action from Venice to the island of Cyprus and giving it an even more exotic coloring with stories of Othello s African past Shakespeare builds so many differences into his hero and heroine differences of race of age of cultural background that one should not perhaps be surprised that the marriage ends disastrously But most people who see or read the play feel that the love that the play presents between Othello and Desdemona is so strong that it would have overcome all these differences were it not for the words and actions of Othello s standard bearer Iago who hates Othello and sets out to destroy him by destroying his love for Desdemona As Othello succumbs to Iago s insinuations that Desdemona is unfaithful fascination which dominates the early acts of the play turns to horror especially for the audience We are confronted by spectacles of a generous and trusting Othello in the grip of Iago s schemes of an innocent Desdemona who has given herself up entirely to her love for Othello only to be subjected to his horrifying verbal and physical assaults the outcome of Othello s mistaken convictions about her faithlessness

Much Ado About Nothing

The action is set in Sicily where Don Pedro Prince of Aragon has recently defeated his half brother the bastard Don John in a military engagement Apparently reconciled they return to the capital Messina as guests of the Governor Leonato There Count Claudio a young nobleman serving in Don Pedro s army falls in love with Hero Leonato s daughter whom Don Pedro woos on his behalf The play s central plot shows how Don John maliciously deceives Claudio into believing that Hero has taken a lover on the eve of her marriage causing Claudio to repudiate her publicly at the altar

King Lear

King Lear growing old and too tired to reign decides to divide his realm amongst his three daughters leaving the largest share to the one who loves him the most His two eldest daughters Goneril and Regan foolish and deceitful children are rewarded for their insincere flattery His youngest daughter Cordelia however speaks honestly and truthfully which enrages the old king He disinherits Cordelia and then drives himself to madness left to wander the heath with only his Fool his servant Caius and the madman Tom O Bedlam for company Once reunited with Cordelia Lear is too late repents his rashness and must face the tragic consequences of his choices

The Taming of the Shrew

Renowned as Shakespeare s most boisterous comedy The Taming of the Shrew is the tale of two young men the hopeful Lucentio and the worldly Petruchio and the two sisters they meet in Padua br br Lucentio falls in love with Bianca the apparently ideal younger daughter of the wealthy Baptista Minola But before they can marry Bianca s formidable elder sister Katherine must be wed Petruchio interested only in the huge dowry arranges to marry Katherine against her will and enters into a battle of the sexes that has endured as one of Shakespeare s most enjoyable works

The Tempest

In i The Tempest i long considered one of Shakespeare s most lyrical plays Prospero a magician on an enchanted island punishes his enemies brings happiness to his daughter and comes to terms with human use of supernatural power i The Tempest i embodies both seemingly timeless romance and the historically specific moment in which Europe begins to explore and conquer the New World br br Its complexity of thought its range of characters from the spirit Ariel and the monster Caliban to the beautiful Miranda and her prince Ferdinand its poetic beauty and its exploration of difficult questions that still haunt us today make this play wonderfully compelling br br i The Tempest i is a play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in It is set on a remote island where Prospero the exiled Duke of Milan plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skilful manipulation The eponymous tempest brings to the island Prospero s usurping brother Antonio and the complicit Alonso King of Naples There his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio s low nature the redemption of Alonso and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso s son Ferdinand

Twelfth Night

Set in a topsy turvy world like a holiday revel this comedy devises a romantic plot around separated twins misplaced passions and mistaken identity Juxtaposed to it is the satirical story of a self deluded steward who dreams of becoming Count Malvolio only to receive his comeuppance at the hands of the merrymakers he wishes to suppress The two plots combine to create a farce touched with melancholy mixed throughout with seductively beautiful explorations on the themes of love and time and the play ends not with laughter but with a clown s sad song

Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, King Lear