The story of a son’s revenge upon the slayer of his father, the King of Denmark, Hamlet is among the best-known plays of William Shakespeare. As the play begins, Hamlet has returned from his university studies in order to attend his mother’s wedding. The young prince’s unease regarding the marriage of his mother Gertrude, to his uncle Claudius, intensifies when the ghost of the dead king appears, revealing the treachery behind his death. Neither the love of the noblewoman Ophelia, nor the counsel of her father Polonius and his friend Horatio, can soothe Hamlet’s tortured mind. Beginning with Hamlet’s accidental stabbing of Polonius through tragic mischance, Hamlet’s world quickly spirals downward in a sea of death, leading to his ultimate destruction. The classic tragedy of a noble mind burdened beyond its capacity, Hamlet has appealed to and resonated with generation after generation of readers and theatergoers.