If extraterrestrials were to visit Planet Earth, we’d probably put a copy of Hamlet in their welcome basket. It’s that good. Well over 400 years after William Shakespeare wrote the play between 1599 and 1601, readers and audiences are still connecting with it.
This guide will give you the skinny on the plot, characters, symbolism, themes…and everything in between.
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