Tales from Shakespeare

Tales from Shakespeare

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Tales from Shakespeare

Tales from Shakespeare

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Synopsis

Includes the following :

HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK

THE TEMPEST

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

THE WINTER'S TALE

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

AS YOU LIKE IT

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

KING LEAR

CYMBELINE

MACBETH

ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

MEASURE FOR MEASURE

TWELFTH NIGHT; OR, WHAT YOU WILL

TIMON OF ATHENS

ROMEO AND JULIET

PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE

OTHELLO

Excerpt

GERTRUDE, Queen of Denmark, becoming a widow by the sudden death of King Hamlet, in less than two months after his death married his brother Claudius, which was noted by all people at the time for a strange act of indiscretion, or unfeelingness, or worse; for this Claudius did no ways resemble her late husband in the qualities of his person or his mind, but was as contemptible in outward appearance as he was base and unworthy in disposition; and suspicions did not fail to arise in the minds of some that he had privately made away with his brother, the late king, with the view of marrying his widow and ascending the throne of Denmark, to the exclusion of young Hamlet, the son of the buried king, and lawful successor to the throne.

But upon no one did this unadvised action of the queen make such impression as upon this young prince, who loved and venerated the memory of his dead father almost to idolatry; and being of a nice sense of honour, and a most exquisite practiser of propriety himself, did sorely take to heart this unworthy conduct of his mother . . .

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