Thursday, October 10

Book/Play Review: Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Author: William Shakespeare
Title: Hamlet
Genre: Drama, Classic, Play
Pages: 42
First Published: 1603
Where I Got It: On my shelf (my big bad book of William Shakespeare

"A tragedy by William Shakespeare. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering King Hamlet, Claudius's brother and Prince Hamlet's father, and then succeeding to the throne and taking as his wife Gertrude, the old king's widow and Prince Hamlet's mother. The play vividly portrays both true and feigned madness—from overwhelming grief to seething rage—and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption."

Well...I'm going to divide and conquer this review. ^.^

The Good

  • Drama, drama, and more drama. Though I hate drama in real life, I LOVE Billy's world of drama
  • Liked Young Hamlet, even though he wasn't the brightest bulb in the fixture at times.
  • The madness was hilarious and tragic all at the same time
  • Keep me on the edge of my seat! I wanted Claudis to get what was coming to him.
  • It was complex and you all know how I love my complex stories
  • It was a quick read, perhaps its just goes to me either getting use to Billy's use of language OR the fact I had to read this for class...perhaps both. 
  • Loved the fact that the "villains" of the story were complex and not the A-typical baddie, even Claudis seems to be a little villain-isc though...
  • Loved the idea of the ghost aspect. It really added darkness and something unique to this. Also, it was a nice twist and made you think. Could Hamlet be crazy? Or is this ghost thing legit?
The Bad and the Ugly
  • The ending. 
  • The fact that the Queen married her brother-in-law. That made me mad. Gah, stupid chit.
  • I hated the fact that Hamlet was dumb and sensitive and easily distracted...Heck if I was Papa Hamlet I would have not asked Hamlet to do this task of revenge. Tsk. 
This was pretty good and I can see why this was one of the most famous of Billy Shakespeare's plays (behind 'Romeo & Juliet'). It was really good and entertaining. I really should watch it in action, be it a movie or a play. The characters were amazing and complex. I liked Young Hamlet, but he was a sensitive fool at times. I also loved the adding of the ghost made this special and unique. However, though this was really good I loathed the ending. Gah. Made me mad. >.> Anyways....I would recommend this for those that love the classics or are looking for a good play/book. I grant this 4 stars. 

Favorite Character(s): Young Hamlet (at times he annoyed me, though), the Ghost of Papa Hamlet, and Laetres. 
Not-so Favorite Character(s): Young Hamlet (sensitive fool) and Queen Gertrude (*grumbles*) 



Blodeuedd said...

Oh Hamlet you silly thing

Carole Rae said...

hahaha poor Hamlet

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carol said...

I listened to a version of this a while ago and enjoyed it, although I don't think anything can compare to actually seeing the play performed.

Carole Rae said...

Plays are meant to be watch, so it'll always be better performed. :)