William Shakespeare


Plot Overview

Character List

Analysis of Major Characters

Themes, Motifs & Symbols

Summary & Analysis

Act I, scene i

Act I, scene ii

Act I, scenes iii–iv

Act I, scene v–Act II, scene i

Act II, scene ii

Act III, scene i

Act III, scene ii

Act III, scene iii

Act III, scene iv

Act IV, scenes i–ii

Act IV, scenes iii–iv

Act IV, scenes v–vi

Act IV, scene vii

Act V, scene i

Act V, scene ii

Important Quotations Explained

Key Facts

Study Questions & Essay Topics


Suggestions for Further Reading

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Shakespeare Blog

by DanMitchell23, March 21, 2013

A view on Shakespeare's most well known play...



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"blind rationalist"?

by Gnostradamus, July 31, 2013

A rationalist, by definition, is logical. And if he--not his friend, not his mother, not his pastor--sees a ghost, he will acknowledge as such. That's why Horatio freely admitted upon seeing the evidence. So I'm not sure what "blind rationalist" means.


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"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark"

by ReadingShakespeareby450th, January 27, 2014

Revenge, ambition, lust and conspiracy return to the heads of those that conjured them in Hamlet, completely annihilating two families--the innocent with the guilty. Check out my blog on the play (includes current link to PBS Great Performance video of production of play):



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