|Hamlet, Prince of
Hamlet returns home from school after learning that his
father is dead. When he arrives at Elsinore, he discovers his uncle Claudius is
married to his mother Gertrude and is now king. Hamlet is in a bad mood! Matters
only get worse when his best friend Horatio and a couple guards show him a ghost who looks
like his father. The ghost instructs Hamlet to avenge his murder by killing
Claudius! Hamlet doesn't know what to do. He decides to act mad until he figures it
out. While Hamlet feigns madness, he inadvertently kills his girlfriend Ophelia's
father, Polonius (he thought Polonius was the king...hate it when that happens!).
The death of her father causes Ophelia to literally go off the deep end. At the
close of the play, Hamlet does get his revenge, yet he perishes along with 8 other
Read the Play
Watch the Play
Discuss the Play
- Eventually I plan on having movie/DVD
reviews for Branagh's Hamlet and the latest Hamlet
with Ethan Hawke. In the meanwhile, check out the following
on the Ramparts ~ This amazing site focuses on the moment when
Hamlet meets his father's ghost for the first time. The site
allows you to compare various versions of the text, as well as
images and videos of the scene!
Criticism ~ Check out the links at Mr. William Shakespeare
& the Internet for criticism on Hamlet.
Hamlet Home Page ~ Gary Munro's Hamlet home page holds a wealth of
information including scene-by-scene summaries, a brief biography of Shakespeare, teaching
handouts, and a discussion area.
- A Short Course on Hamlet
~ Ian Delaney's Hamlet course includes a copy of the script, questions &
answers for each act, a discussion area, and more.
- Legends Hamlet
~ Paula Kate Marmor's Legends provides background information for Hamlet & Macbeth.