The setting of Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet" is the fictional castle of Elsinore in Denmark during the Middle Ages. The first version of the play was published in 1603, followed by the second in 1604 and a third in 1623.
In each subsequent published version of the play, noticeable changes were made to lines and scenes that made each edition unique. The play tells the story of a young Danish prince named Hamlet who discovers that his recently deceased father, the King of Denmark, was murdered by Hamlet's uncle, Claudius. Hamlet's subsequent quest for vengeance drives the plot of the play. The play contains the well-known "To be or not to be" speech in which Hamlet wrestles with his decision to kill Claudius.Learn More
The famous quote from Queen Gertrude in "Hamlet" are her words "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." This is her response to Hamlet when he asks her how she likes the play that he arranged to incriminate Claudius for his father's death.Full Answer >
The phrase "My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go" is from the play "Hamlet." It takes place in Act 3, Scene 3.Full Answer >
Although opinions differ in the analysis of character roles in William Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth," one primary view states that Macduff is a heroic antagonist because he is opposed to the tragic protagonist Macbeth. However, a case can be made that Macbeth is both a protagonist and an antagonist.Full Answer >
Sophocles' tragedy "Antigone" contains dramatic irony with the decision of Creon to bury one of Antigone's brothers with honor but not the other and with Antigone's determination and strength when contrasted with the characters' view of women as weak. In addition, Creon's dialogue often is filled with verbal irony stemming from his lack of awareness of the truth, which contrasts with the reader's knowledge.Full Answer >