Something Is Rotten in the State of Denmark: Hamlet Lecture One


As Hamlet opens, a mysterious figure appears, who seems to be the ghost of the late King Hamlet. Soon thereafter, Horatio brings his friend Hamlet the prince, son of the dead king, to witness the ghost for himself. The ghost beckons Hamlet to follow him and instructs him to seek revenge for his wrongful death.


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Stephen Smith is the Temple Family Professor in English Literature at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Dallas.