Hamlet Navigator

Basic Navigation:

Act 1, Scene 1: If you just want to start reading, here's the place to start. Explanatory notes and illustrations are in the margins.

Scene Index:
Links to the scenes of the play, with short summaries of each scene.

Search the Text of Hamlet.

More Navigation:

Notable Quotes in Hamlet: Each quote is briefly explained and linked to the text, so you can see the quote in context.

Detailed Scene Summaries: With many links to passages in the text.

The Cast of Characters: Annotated links to all appearances of a character and all mentions of that character by other characters.

Hamlet's Character: Annotated links to passages that illustrate aspects of Hamlet's complex character.

Themes: Annotated links to passages particularly relevant to significant themes.

Also of interest:

Frequently Asked Questions about Hamlet: A Q&A guide to A.C. Bradley's justly famous Shakespearean Tragedy.

"Hamlet and His Problems": T.S. Eliot's very famous (and very snotty) essay, in which Eliot defines "objective correlative" and declares that Hamlet "is most certainly an artistic failure."

"The Oedipus-Complex as an Explanation of Hamlet's Mystery": Ernest Jones' extremely influential essay.

Pages from Coleridge's Lectures and Notes on Shakspere and Other English Poets, in which the great Romantic poet describes Hamlet as one who thinks too much.
David Tennant as Hamlet
2009 film



Mel Gibson as Hamlet
1990 film



Laurence Olivier as Hamlet
1948 film