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Hamlet–Shakespeare’s Awkward Family Drama


Ask a bookseller to recommend a good story and they’ll often suggest books like Harry Potter, Twilight, or The Hunger Games.  Rarely do they suggest picking up something more … well, classic or literary, like Shakespeare.  These days, the works of William Shakespeare are usually read only in high school and university classrooms.  But Shakespeare knew how to spin a good yarn, and his writing can make for a fun read.  And so today I’m recommending his most popular play, Hamlet.

For newcomers unfamiliar with this project, The ZS Roe Vlog is my place to share the best in storytelling. Every two weeks I’ll recommend a novel, short story, poem, or film, and bring you along to the places in which these stories have particular significance.

So, without further adieu, I give you:

Hamlet--Shakespeare's best

William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a story of murder, vengeance … and, well, procrastination.  After the death of his father, Prince Hamlet of Denmark is distraught, and is only further upset when his mother marries his father’s brother.  But the ghost of Hamlet’s father adds grease to the fire, revealing that he was in fact murdered.  Now, Hamlet must seek vengeance.  The only problem is that the murderer is Hamlet’s mother’s new husband, Hamlet’s stepfather.

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