Can you believe that I'm 20 years old and I've never even opened Hamlet
? Well, that's about to change tonight. I'm sitting down and reading it all. Cover to cover. Shooting the ish with Hammy and Emophelia. This is gonna be a good time.
Well, I didn't quite read it in one night, but Hamlet
is a good play. I still think Julius Caesar
is my favourite Shakespeare tragedy, but Hamlet is certainly up there. It's definitely better than Macbeth (the metafiction is much more mature than anything Macbeth can offer), although its whiny nature reminds me too much of teenage angst.Hamlet
is one of those plays you simply must read, if only to understand references to lines like "Frailty, thy name is woman" or any of the other hundreds of excellent sound bites Shakespeare has hidden within the text. You won't be sorry after you finish Hamlet