A Hamlet timeline – chronicle of events
Setting the Timeline – considerations
Claudius – planning my foul murder
King Hamlet's funeral – where was Hamlet?
Gertrude & Claudius – adultery or not?
Horatio – Hamlet's friend?
Horatio – is he passion's slave?
Polonius – the evil that men do
Ophelia's love? – did she love Hamlet?
Ophelia closetted – Polonius on love
O help xxx ....... – Olivier's version
Ophelia's change – is Hamlet suspicious?
Hamlet feigns madness – protective "cover"
Hamlet's depression – why he's upset
Is Hamlet mad? – Polonius's opinion
The Trial of Claudius – Hamlet's prosecution
Hamlet kills Polonius – stabs the "Voice"
Laertes v Hamlet – poisoned foil
Ophelia's death – a recipe
Hamlet's age – digging up the past
Yorick – something rotting in Denmark
Betting on Hamlet – the fencing match
Hamlet's fencing skill – better than Laertes
Hamlet's revenge – the rest is silence
Hamlet — Prince of Denmark
"Hamlet" has probably been analysed more than any other work of literature. Despite this continual process there is a limited amount of original thinking.
There are still unsolved problems. For example, why does Claudius supposedly reveal his guilt when he sees the murder at the end of "The Mousetrap" but not when he sees it a few minutes earlier during the dumb-show? No satisfactory answer exists! Perhaps it didn't happen quite like that.
Could it be that despite the knowledge and expertise of the analysts they have got the story wrong simply because they have missed some important points? Let's have a look at some of those 'points'.