Dating hamlet book summary
Anyone familiar with this novel would have much less trouble understanding the classic tragedy, but I also feel that this book would be worth reading independently of the play.However, that’s only a guess, as everyone I know who’s read this book has also been familiar with Shakespeare. I have not read the original work, Hamlet, but I found that it was not necessary to understand or enjoy this book.In Hamlet, both Ophelia and Hamlet go mad, although some have argued that Hamlet is only pretending to be crazy, so that he can catch the King out in his guilt.
With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.
The novel reveals a different reason for Ophelia's purported madness (like Hamlet's, it is a feigned "antic disposition") and offers an extended ending to the play's conclusion, beginning once the bodies of Hamlet, Laertes, and the Queen are taken to the castle morgue.
Purists would cringe, but I like the more positive re-imagining of Hamlet and Ophelia's fate -- much like Ann-Marie Mac Donald's reinterpretation of Desdemona's and Juliet's roles.
Hamlet is visited by his father’s ghost, who gives details of his murder by the man who is now King.
This may be medieval times, when girls are supposed to stick to simple hobbies like growing flowers, but Ophelia has a few ideas of her own about how to remedy this situation.