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English Year 11: Hamlet


Ophelia John Everett Millais (1851-2)

Understanding Shakespearean Tragedy

What is tragedy? This video resource offers some answers by focusing on two of Shakespeare's best-known plays, Hamlet and Macbeth.

The Characters

This resource is based around an interactive display of the main characters in Hamlet. Explore the relationships and see how they change.

Interrogate the Characters

The Royal Shakespeare Company provide an interesting look into the characters of Hamlet, Ophelia, Claudius and Gertrude to figure out what they do and why they do it.


Oh, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt!
Now I am alone. Oh, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!

To be or not to be.

Hamlet: Movie

Director: Kenneth Branagh Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Richard Briers, Michael Bryant. (1996)

Divine Providence

Read about divine providence and how it is used in Hamlet.

Source : Shakespeare online.  From The Riddles of Hamlet by Simon Augustine Blackmore. Boston, Stratford & Co.

No Fear Shakespeare

Modern and Original parallel texts of Hamlet.

Source: Sparknotes

Hamlet: Audio

Hamlet BBC Radio Edition. The full recording from BBC Radio's 1993 reading of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

Video Summary

Shakespeare and Religion

Episode 49 of the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast series examines Christianity.

Transcript is provided

Source: Folgers Shakespeare Library

Divine Right of Kings

This website provides a good explanation of how Shakespeare uses the Divine Right of Kings.