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122 pages (Fall 2006); 946KB downloadWOWIO Books
; ISBN: WOWIO-00012
On the surface, Hamlet, seems a simple story of revenge as the young prince goes about the work of avenging his father's murder. But the reader's appreciation of Hamlet is far more enhanced when Hamlet is viewed as an 'everyman' faced with many of life's very difficult questions. Through his character we come better to understand ourselves.
As one review has put it, "Readings of Hamlet are innumerable and vary according to the personality of the reader, director, or actor. Hamlet is someone who both imposes himself on us through the complexity and mysterious nature of his character, which is to an extent almost indecipherable. His is also one around which our own personality can allow itself to be shaped. He is one of the rare characters of the theatrical world, perhaps the only one, who permits such constant exchange. Each of us, no matter what age, can recognize him/herself in Hamlet and can shape the myth of Hamlet in his/her image."
This edition is based on the 1914 Oxford edition, which ranks among the most authoritative of the 20th century.