Hamlet Navigator Home Page

This site includes the following:
        scene summaries and abstracts, with links to passages in the text;
        annotated links to all appearances and mentions of a character;
        analysis of Hamlet's character;
        themes, with links to relevant passages;
        notable quotes with explanation and link to text;
        FAQ and a guide to A.C. Bradley's Shakespearean Tragedy (which is included in your textbook);
        T.S. Eliot's essay, "Hamlet and His Problems";
        Ernest Jones,  "The Oedipus-Complex as an Explanation of Hamlet's Mystery"
        Samuel Coleridge, Lectures and Notes on Shakespeare and Other English Poets (excerpts, including the statement that Hamlet thinks too much).

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

This site discusses major themes and issues: 
        the opening scenes;
        the Court;
        staging; revenge;
        "incestuous sheets ;
        Hamlet and the women in his life;
        Hamlet as university student;
        Hamlet as actor;
        madness: Hamlet;
        madness: Ophelia;
        Hamlet and Laertes: the duel;
        Claudius: divine right?
        Claudius: politician;
        ordinary people; the ending:
        Fortinbras; the ending:
        order restored;
        What kind of tragedy is Hamlet?

Spark Notes

I include this because so many students look at it on their own.  The contents include these topics:
        a plot overview;
        a list of characters;
        analysis of main characters;
        themes, motifs and symbols;
        summary and analysis of each act, scene by scene;
        important quotations explained;
        key facts;.

The Tragic Vision

This page discusses the genre of tragedy, which Hamlet belongs to; it covers the following issues:
        tragedy: an overview;
        the "tragic vision";
        the catastrophic conclusion;
        the sense of inevitability;
        human limitation, suffering, and disproportion;
        the learning process and acceptance of  moral responsibility;