CONTENTS

 The Elizabethan Age

Historical Background

Social Background

Cultural Background

Drama

Medieval Drama

Elizabethan Drama

Drama in Europe

Comedy and Tragedy

William Shakespeare’s Life and Career

Hamlet

The Text

The Plot

Hamlet’s Characters

Hamlet

Claudius

Gertrude

Polonius

Ophelia

Horatio

Laertes

The Ghost

Marcellus, Barnardo and Francisco

Rosencrantz and Guilderstern

The Gravedigger

The Players

Hamlet’s Themes

Revenge

Melancholy and Death

Stoicism

Oedipus Complex

Mysoginy

Madness

Tragedy and Fate

Hamlet and the Movie