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William Shakespeare 1564 - 1616 is probably the most famous English playwright and poet whose life has been open to interpretation almost as much as his works However interpreting his works proves to be a very complicated and time-consuming process Many scholars have devoted their entire lives to reading and understanding Shakespeares works and educating others as to how to decipher the 16th century writers enigmatic style of writing Here is an attempt to do just that in one of Shakespeares most infamous tragic plays Hamlet Five passages below will be summarized analyzed and explained in an attempt to further enlighten the reader as to what exactly is occurring in each scene What each passage reveals about the character or the overall plot and any thematic relevance will also be explicated The scenes and lines are given before each synopsis and analysis it may be helpful to have a copy of the play at hand while reading this composition Act 1 Scene 2 - Lines 129-159 Hamlet Hamlet had just asked his uncle the king if he could return to the university in Wittenberg but both the king and his mother quickly denied his request Angered by this decision but still desiring to respect his mothers wishes Hamlet went off alone and mused over all of his troubles regarding his fathers death his uncles acquisition of the throne and his mothers hasty marriage to his uncle The first 9 lines of the speech are basically curses against Claudius rejection of Hamlets request to return to the university in Wittenberg Because he had not been permitted to go he went into a speech that served as ventilation for his anger and his angst toward his fathers death his mothers marriage to Claudius and Claudius decision to coerce Hamlet to stay in Ellsinore Lines 138-140 are in praise of the majestic king that his father once was and show Hamlets admiration of both his fathers character and
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