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What is a very short summary (maybe about 25 words) of Shakespeare's Hamlet?

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In order to write an extremely short summary of Shakespeare's longest play, which contains more than four thousand lines, one must exclude important details and simply give a brief description of the plot. The short summary would also exclude many of the intricate details that arguably make Hamlet (the character) Western literature's first "modern man." A short summary of the play could include a condensed version of the following aspects:

1. Hamlet meets his deceased father's ghost, who tells him that his brother, Claudius, is responsible for his death.

2. Hamlet hesitates to avenge his father's death and pretends to act insane until he confirms that Claudius assassinated his father.

3. Hamlet has actors reenact his father's...

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