Blast from the Past: Hamlet

Hamlet by William Shakespeare
141 pages — 5/18-20/2006 — (play) tragedy
Recommended (Required) by: Mrs. C—
Borrowed from: Mrs. C—

Hamlet’s father is killed by his uncle, Claudius, who takes the throne and marries the widowed queen. The ghost of his father asks him to avenge his death by killing Claudius. Hamlet kills Polonius, Claudius’ counselor, accidentally. Claudius sends Hamlet to die in England, but he gets back to Denmark. Claudius and Laertes, Polonius’ son, plot to kill him (Hamlet) by poisoning a rapier and wine. Ophelia, Polonius’ daughter, drowns. The queen, Gertrude, drinks the wine while Hamlet and Laertes are dueling. She falls, Laertes wounds Hamlet with the poisoned rapier and they switch rapiers in a scuffle and Hamlet wounds Laertes too. Laertes dies and Hamlet stabs Claudius when he finds out he was behind it all. Hamlet leaves his crown to Fortinbras of Norway.

This play was alright. It wasn’t very easy to read. But there was a lot of action to keep one slightly interested. Kim {that’s my sister} tells me that “Lion King” was based off Hamlet with the whole uncle thing.


“Give thy thoughts no tongue, nor any unproportioned thought his act.” (Act I, Scene 3, Lines 65-66)

“To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.” (Act II, Scene 2, Lines 194-5)

“Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.” (Act III, Scene 1, Line 203)


Blast from the Past is a weekly post I write that focuses on a book I read long before I ever had a blog about books. While I didn’t “book blog” until a couple of years ago, I’ve kept a reading journal of sorts for about 6 years. Blast from the Past is essentially just my way of digitalizing my old book journals–and reminding me what I thought of books long since read. I think it will be a fun way to look at how my reading selections have changed and what I like most in the books I read.

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