We are in Denmark, and Hamlet's father, the king, is now dead. Hamlet's uncle has married Hamlet’s mother, and become the new king. A ghost appears, saying he is the dead king, and tells Hamlet he must take revenge.

‘To be, or not to be; that is the question’... says Hamlet, as he wonders whether it is better to be alive or dead. Shakespeare's most performed play makes us think about this and other big philosophical questions.

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Is it easy to sympathise with the character of Hamlet?

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adde00 8 March, 2016 - 18:51

Yes, it is very easy to sympathies with Hamlet. This due to the tragedy of his father's death. I, myself would also be angry at the person who killed my father in this situation.

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Dalmar 14 January, 2016 - 16:34

Interesting story , I like these sorts of story.
Thank you all members and (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Elsa007 12 January, 2016 - 05:49

Well…, I just wonder what kind of a role the ghost (witches in Macbeth) plays in the story…
What are they representing? Hamlet's inner voice? dream? illusion?
Hmm…my question seems to be a bit idiot, but yes, that's the cool thing about Shakespeare's literature. ☆

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mjoma 12 January, 2016 - 01:08

Hey guys i am new member.
And I would like to read more stories like this it is interesting me really so sweet

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Jonathan - Coor... 12 January, 2016 - 02:10

Hi mjoma. Welcome! :) We're glad you joined. Have you seen the other videos in this section? We hope you will enjoy them too.
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Silvermist 3 January, 2016 - 05:47

The answer will be a very deep YES. The first time I read Hamlet it was in my fifth grade and I still remember that tears strolled down my face as I finished it and I had streams of nightmares the following days. Well to put it frankly, it was a pretty devastating imagination for 10 year old. Later I read the drama version, the original work of Shakespeare and still despite the fact that tears didn't fall down my eyes, I felt very disheartened about Hamlet.
The reason I guess is Shakespeare has written it in a way (this how I feel about it) that the reader creates a liking to Hamlet from the beginning. Well, at least he was to be pitied and later on as he meets his father's ghost, we have our hopes up that he will avenge his father, kill Claudius, hurray happy ending and all that. But it's a sad ending and it's really shocking to have all the people in the play die. That must have been Shakespeare's intention because it is a tragedy after all.
As sad it is I like Hamlet, the play and the character.

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