Hamlet: Prince of Denmark
Oftentimes, the mark of a great work of literature is how well the piece is able to receive criticism. Hamlet seems to elicit criticism even to this day. While attitudes towards the play have changed over the many years, critics continue to study the play in order to determine the reasons behind Hamlet's delay for revenge and whether Hamlet was truly insane or not. The central themes of the play concentrate on the nature of man and his eventual death. The reader will be challenged to question how easily people are able to transfer their affections between objects and persons. Hamlet's famous soliloquy focuses upon the gravity of suicide. Also, the reader should study carefully Hamlet's rudeness toward Ophelia and his apparent lack of concern for the fact that he was cheated out of the kingship by his uncle. All of these questions make Hamlet timeless as a study in mystery.