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date: 21 August 2019

Hamlet [Shakes.] 

Source:
A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion
Author(s):

Andrew Delahunty,

Sheila Dignen

A legendary prince of Denmark, the hero of the play of the same name (1604). Hamlet is a tormented character, devastated by the death of his father and remarriage of his mother, and uncertain as to what action to take. He is obsessively introspective and delivers long soliloquies expressing his mental anguish, most famously his contemplation of suicide in the speech beginning ‘To be, or not to be: that is the question.’... ...

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