<I>Hamlet</I> is Shakespeare's most popular, and most puzzling, play. It follows the form of a &#8220;revenge tragedy,&#8221; in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father&#8217;s murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the king of Denmark. Much of its fascination, however, lies in its uncertainties.<BR> <BR> Among them: What is the Ghost&#8212;Hamlet's father demanding justice, a tempting demon, an angelic messenger? Does Hamlet go mad, or merely pretend to? Once he is sure that Claudius is a murderer, why does he not act? Was his mother, Gertrude, unfaithful to her husband or complicit in his murder?<BR> <BR>The authoritative edition of <I>Hamlet </I>from The Folger Shakespeare L

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