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Hamlet 2: A Bad Death

Hamlet knows who killed his father, but what should he do? Tonderai Munyevu explains why Hamlet was right to take his time before trying to make things right.

Task 1

Task 2

We make passive sentences with 'be' + past participle. We can use different forms of 'be' to make different kinds of passive sentence:

  • Shakespeare is known all over the world. ('is' = present simple)
  • 'Hamlet' was written in around 1600. ('was' = past simple)
  • It has been described as Shakespeare's best play. ('has been' = present perfect)
  • The ghost of Hamlet's father wants to be revenged. ('to be' = infinitive)


Task 3



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I agree with the fact that Hamlet took his time before acting. By one hand, he had to deal with a ghost. In addition, he has been living away by such a long time. If he had acted on the spot, he would have regretted it. Thank you for this activity, I'm looking forward to reading Shakespeare and it is very useful to dive in Shakespearean world!

Last year, I saw Mac Beth. It's the story of a man who commits a murder to become king. He is encouraged to do so by his spouse. But after the murder has been accomplished, both of them start feeling a strong sense of culpability. And things evolve in a way which makes that life loses its sense. So Mac Beth pronounces the famous lines where he says: "What is life? It's a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." How could we think that such a situation would not be lived and felt in the same way all around the world by people being true human beings?

Shakespeare's talent is so great that all people around the globe can understand him! It's so wonderful that all this feelings which he put in his masterpieces on the one hand so unique but from the other hand so common for each of us!

I agree with Hamlet about the time that was take for him, because he can't take a quiclky
solution is a terrible situation like a murder, we hearing in the example that the actor was expressing about yout father. It is very interesting the expression that says that the victim of a bad death cannot rest until this person be revenged, this can bring us a big trouble it depends of what kind os revenge it will be, because all the persons don't think the same and can take the justice by your own hands.

Hi and nice evening
(the ghost does say he cannot rest in peace until his death has been revenged)
please can you check the task 2 the second activity ..there is the same sentence of passive we have to arrange but the word avenged instead of revenged.
what is the difference ?
have a nice times

Hi Khaled,

In modern English we do not usually use 'revenge' in the way it was used in Shakespeare's time. 'Revenge' is now used mainly as a reflexive verb with a participle phrase ('on' or 'for'):

revenge yourself on someone for something

I will revenge myself on you for this insult!


'Avenge' is used in modern English in two ways. The first is similar to the use of revenge above:

avenge yourself on someone for something

I will avenge myself on you for this insult!


The second is as a verb with a direct object or as a passive form:

I will avenge this insult!

We will be avenged one day!


It may be that the word 'revenge' is used differently by speakers of English in Zimbabwe, or it may be that the speaker is recalling the use of 'revenge' in Shakespeare's text.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hamlet is right to take his time to find the reason why his father die: who is the murder and what his motivation is. It is import to look at every details of the truth not only to listen what the ghost has said. It takes Hamlet a lot of time. Then Hamlet can decide his uncle has been guilty.