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Is Hamlet really the hero of Shakespeare’s play ‘The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark’? At first the question might seem half witted and shallow. Of course, he is the hero of the text, its named after him! But is that all it takes one to be a hero? To simply be the protagonist of their eponymous play? It is easy to presume a protagonist as the hero, but this is not always the case.

However, we must first define hero. Oxford languages define hero as a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Hamlet…

People read for different reasons. Some people read to learn, some people read for enjoyment, some read to escape, some people read because they have to for school and countless other reasons. I’ve read for these reasons too. In primary school and at the start of my high school career.

Recently, I find myself reading non fiction texts about real life topics as opposed to fiction novels like Lockwood & Co, a series I enjoyed reading in year 7. …

‘The Cottage’ by Vincent Van Gogh (1885)

The children of the Leur residence knew nothing of manners or social expectations, they lived in Drenthe, a town far from the bustling streets of Amsterdam, that belonged to a weary district in the Netherlands. The mornings were never fast paced in Drenthe. As the sun bloomed across the horizon, chickens squawking and a pair of hooves repeatedly hammering away at the gravel path signalled the arrival of the farmers daily deliveries. The aged tractors slowly dragged across the fields, as the sowers lazily filled each trough with a seed. The old dames would gather together and render their own…


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