Book review: Hamlet (Graphic novel)

Graphic Hamlet

Hamlet: Usborne Graphic Shakespeare

As told by Russell Punter

Illustrator Valentino Forlini

Have no fear, Shakespeare stories! This graphic novel, Hamlet, published by Usborne, is easy to read and understand. Vivid illustrations complement the words so you can visualize the story.

In the Middle Ages, Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, sees and communicates with the ghost of his father, the former King of Denmark, who was poisoned. He learns that his new stepfather, his uncle … his father’s brother, Claudius, was the culprit. Hamlet is enraged and seeks revenge.

After learning the truth about his father’s death, Hamlet acts very strangely. King Claudius and his mother, Gertrude, who marries Claudius, are worried about his actions. Ophelia, his supposed love, is also affected just like his friend Horatio. The king’s friend and advisor, Polonius, plans to spy on Hamlet.

The plot thickens and becomes disastrous!

Many common phrases we use today, such as “wild goose hunting”, “what’s done is done” and “the elbow room” can be attributed to William Shakespeare, the English writer and actor. born in the mid 1500s. You may want to keep a list of these phrases. You’ll recognize a lot of them in this tragic and easy-to-understand graphic novel, Hamlet.

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