HAMLET by William Shakespeare
Since Shakespeare is so well known and extensively studied, I’ll spare you my analysis and just give my general reactions to this classic play. Revolving around central themes of revenge, betrayal, and madness, Hamlet is dramatic and entertaining. Shakespeare does such a wonderful job of injecting small bits of wry humor into what is otherwise very heavy drama. My favorite scene comes in Act V of the play where the merry gravedigger is taunting Hamlet’s finer sensibilities while going about his business with a smile and a song. The more I read and study Shakespeare, the more his works appeal to me. One last note- edition is critical in reading Shakespeare. I highly recommend the Norton Critical editions for their excellent scholarly approach and annotations.