Chani Nissenbaum Mrs. Marvin
In the novel, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, Hamlet, prince of Denmark, is at school in Wittenberg, Germany, when his father, King Hamlet, dies. He comes home to Elsinore Castle to find his mother, Queen Gertrude, married to his uncle Claudius, the late king's younger brother. Claudius has had himself crowned king. Moreover, soldiers guarding Elsinore report to Hamlet through his friend Horatio that his father's ghost has been
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holding the kings body. He screams toward the crowd a lie, that the noble king’s last wishes were to crown Horatio as king. Horatio is crowned King of Denmark thereafter. His plan is a success.
People are not always what they seem. In Shakespeare’s version of Hamlet, Horatio is the epitome of goodness and loyalty. Though, throughout the novel his true motives are never revealed. Perhaps he is behind the murders all along.