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Welcome to my web site, now under development for more than twenty years.   
-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.



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Hamlet Navigator: Aspects of Hamlet's Character

[Each of the following pages has annotated links to passages related to an aspect of Hamlet's complex character.]
Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet

Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet
His Introspection.
It's not only in his famous soliloquies that Hamlet speaks about who and what he is.
His "Madness."
Most of the characters in the play have something to say about Hamlet's presumed or pretended madness.
His Puns and Paradoxes.
These are his weapons of choice for use against the fools in his life.
His Thoughts on Death.
Hamlet meditates on the possibility of his own death, and on the significance of death.
His Delay.
In the first act, Hamlet says he will "sweep" to his revenge, but in the last act he says he has plenty of time. In between, he blames himself repeatedly for his delay and calls himself a coward.
His Thoughts about Women.
"Frailty thy name is woman!" is only one of the things that Hamlet has to say about women.
His Oedipus Complex: Because there is no direct textual evidence for the idea that Hamlet suffers from a neurotic Oedipus Complex, there is no Hamlet Navigator page for the topic. The following link will take you to the essay that popularized the idea: Ernest Jones' "The Oedipus-Complex as an Explanation of Hamlet's Mystery."