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  2. Prince Hamlet - Wikipedia

    Danish. Prince Hamlet is the title character and protagonist of William Shakespeare 's tragedy Hamlet (1599–1601). He is the Prince of Denmark, nephew to the usurping Claudius, and son of King Hamlet, the previous King of Denmark. At the beginning of the play, he is conflicted whether, and how, to avenge the murder of his father, and ...

  3. Characters in Hamlet - Wikipedia

    What follows is an overview of the main characters in William Shakespeare's Hamlet, followed by a list and summary of the minor characters from the play. Three different early versions of the play survive: known as the First Quarto ("Q1"), Second Quarto ("Q2"), and First Folio ("F1"), each has lines—and even scenes—missing in the others, and some character names vary.

  4. Hamlet - Wikipedia

    Denmark. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, usually shortened to Hamlet ( / ˈhæmlɪt / ), is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare sometime between 1599 and 1601. It is Shakespeare's longest play. Set in Denmark, the play depicts Prince Hamlet and his attempts to exact revenge against his uncle, Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's ...

  5. Ophelia - Wikipedia

    Ophelia. Ophelia ( / oʊˈfiːliə /) is a character in William Shakespeare 's drama Hamlet (1599–1601). She is a young noblewoman of Denmark, the daughter of Polonius, sister of Laertes and potential wife of Prince Hamlet, who, due to Hamlet's actions, ends up in a state of madness that ultimately leads to her drowning.

  6. Gertrude (Hamlet) - Wikipedia

    Prince Hamlet (son, deceased) In William Shakespeare 's play Hamlet, Gertrude is Hamlet 's mother and Queen of Denmark. Her relationship with Hamlet is somewhat turbulent, since he resents her marrying her husband's brother Claudius after he murdered the king (young Hamlet's father, King Hamlet ). Gertrude reveals no guilt in her marriage with ...

  7. King Claudius - Wikipedia

    King Claudius. Russian actor Nikolai Massalitinov as Claudius with Olga Knipper as Gertrude in the Moscow Art Theatre production of Hamlet (1911–1912). King Claudius is a fictional character and the main antagonist of William Shakespeare 's tragedy Hamlet. He is the brother to King Hamlet, second husband to Gertrude and uncle and later ...

  8. Horatio (Hamlet) - Wikipedia

    Horatio is the first main character to know of Hamlet's return to Denmark. Horatio only doubts Hamlet's judgement once, when Hamlet has arranged for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to be killed. Otherwise, Horatio supports every decision Hamlet makes. Horatio is present through most of the major scenes of the play, but Hamlet is usually the only ...

  9. Laertes (Hamlet) - Wikipedia

    Laertes / leɪˈɜːrtiːz / is a character in William Shakespeare 's play Hamlet. Laertes is the son of Polonius and the brother of Ophelia. In the final scene, he mortally stabs Hamlet with a poison-tipped sword to avenge the deaths of his father and sister, for which he blamed Hamlet. While dying of the same poison, he implicates King Claudius .