Hamlet, by William Shakespeare: Much angst all round.

Hamlet: To read or not to read, that is the question.

Sadly, I didn’t have a choice, because it was part of the syllabus for Grade 12 at school. Unsurprisingly, I found it ridiculously dull. Hamlet was a self-absorbed and slightly insane idiot who starts believing that his daddy’s soul cannot rest because he was murdered. Denmark will not be at peace until he gets rid of his evil uncle, puts his mother to rights and avenges daddy, but that means he’ll be punished! Cue lots of inner turmoil, many bloody deaths and much, much angst all around.

Admittedly, Hamlet is really something quite unique for its time, unlike the terribly cliché Romeo and Juliet. All the characters are pretty much nuts and emotional wrecks, which makes for some memorable scenes, if nothing else. Pretty painful to analyze, like most of Shakespeare’s works, particularly if your teachers are very excited by the theme of existentialism. Broke my brain, that did.

Source: Goodreads. Hannah.


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