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Chapter 1

Hamlet Q&A

Hamlet Timeline

Hamlet Links

About the Author

Chapter Two

Abstract and Brief Chronicles of the Time

There are dozens of references to days, dates, times, and durations in Hamlet. Time is right up there with decay and mortality in any list of the play's obsessions. Chapter Two explores the play’s chronology in detail.

The chart below gives a quick idea of what's covered.

Click the links to see the explanation in the bottom frame.

This chronology is explored in much greater depth in Chapter Two, and in a scholarly, footnoted version of that chapter, published in Early Modern Literary Studies.

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