The title of the play, hamlet, is symbolic and refers to the tragedy of events that happened for the betterment of developing the play. For example, the ghost king hamlet, demanding revenge to be done on his brother who killed him and then adopted his wife and the numerous deaths that are evident in the play.
The play was set in uncertain date between 1599 and 1602 at the kingdom of Denmark. It encompasses a revenge that young hamlet is instructed by the ghost of his father, king hamlet to be enacted on Claudius, his uncle. Claudius had killed king hamlet, his brother, with the intention of taking the throne as the king of Denmark. Moreover, he had inherited the king hamlets wife, Queen Gertrude, one month after his death.
The play has numerous characters such as king Claudius, queen Gertrude, young hamlet, Polonius, who was the lord of chamberlain, Ophelia and Laertes, who were children of Polonius, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who were courtiers. Additionally, there was Horatio (friend to young hamlet), and Fortinbras (prince of Norway) among other minor characters.
The play incorporates numerous themes such as play within a play, symbolism, soliloquy, love, spying, the mystery of death among others. Play within a play is depicted when young hamlet plays a play to ascertain king Claudius truly killed his father. Symbolism is depicted when hamlet talks to Yorick’s Skull, referring that every human body will ever die and decay. Soliloquy is outlined by king Claudius after anticipating danger from young hamlet while love is depicted by hamlet and Ophelia, queen Gertrude and hamlet, king hamlet and king Claudius. Spying is depicted by the courtiers, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and hamlet, while the mystery of death is depicted by the death of king hamlet, Polonius, and queen Gertrude.