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Hamlet (No Fear Shakespeare)
Hamlet - No Fear Shakespeare
Author: William Shakespeare, SparkNotes Editors
Read Hamlet in all its brilliance and actually understand what it means. — No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of Hamlet on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right. — Each No Fear Shakespeare contains —
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  • A line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday language
  • A complete list of characters with descriptions
  • Plenty of helpful commentary


The prince of Denmark, and a student at the University of Wittenberg. At the beginning of the play, Hamlet's father, King Hamlet, has recently died, and his mother, Queen Gertrude, has married the new king, Hamlet's uncle Claudius. Hamlet is melancholy, bitter, and cynical, full of hatred for his uncle and disgust at his mother for marrying him. When the ghost of Hamlet's father appears and claims to have been murdered by Claudius, Hamlet becomes obsessed with avenging his father's death but keeps thinking of reasons why he should wait before killing Claudius-then chastizes himself for failing to act boldly. Hamlet is a character of contradictions. He admires characters like Fortinbras and the Player King, who behave passionately and even violently for no good reason, but is himself thoughtful, reflective, and philosophical. At times Hamlet is indecisive and hesitant, but at other times he is prone to rash and impulsive acts of violence.
ISBN-13: 9781586638443
ISBN-10: 1586638440
Publication Date: 4/15/2003
Pages: 337
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

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Publisher: SparkNotes
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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This is an excellent guide to an otherwise very difficult to understand play. I was able to grasp the full meaning of the text while still reading the original.
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Gives you the complete text of Hamlet on the left=hand page, side by side with an easy to understand translation on the right..