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Prince Hamlet is the titular character of Shakespeare's playHamlet and the son of the former (now deceased) King Hamlet.

Prince Hamlet, simply referred to as Hamlet for most of the play, is the Prince of Denmark. When his father's ghost appears and reveals that he was murdered by...

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Prince Hamlet is the titular character of Shakespeare's play Hamlet and the son of the former (now deceased) King Hamlet.

Prince Hamlet, simply referred to as Hamlet for most of the play, is the Prince of Denmark. When his father's ghost appears and reveals that he was murdered by his brother—the current king, Claudius—Hamlet is further grieved over the loss of his father. The former King Hamlet asks young Hamlet to exact revenge upon Claudius for his reprehensible actions, and for much of the play, Hamlet debates about whether he should seek retribution.

Hamlet finds himself fairly isolated as the play continues, and his sense of trust in humanity is shattered by various acts of disloyalty. He eventually does decide to take action against Claudius and successfully achieves the revenge the ghost desired; unfortunately, numerous people die in that quest for revenge, including Hamlet himself. Moments after he dies, his loyal friend Horatio reminds the audience that this is Denmark's beloved prince:

Good night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest! (V.ii.388–389)

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