Hamlet, son of the king of Denmark, is summoned home for his father's funeral and his mother's wedding to his uncle. In a supernatural episode, he discovers that his uncle, whom he hates anyway, murdered his father. In an incredibly convoluted plot--the most complicated and most interesting in all literature--he manages to (impossible to put this in exact order) feign (or perhaps not to feign) madness, murder the "prime minister," love and then unlove an innocent whom he drives to madness, plot and then unplot against the uncle, direct a play within a play, successfully conspire against the lives of two well-meaning friends, and finally take his revenge on the uncle, but only at the cost of almost every life on stage, including his own and his mother's. Written by John Brosseau <[email protected]>
Florence Leaver has examined the narrative structure of the novel in terms of the relation of the other characters to Flem, as opposed to study of standard linear narrative.  Carey Wall has discussed the nature of The Hamlet as 'a chain of episodes rather than a tightly woven plot'.  Owen Robinson has noted the contrast in the narrative style and tone between The Hamlet and The Town .  Thomas H Rogers commented critically, in his contemporary review of The Town , in his comparison between the literary merits of The Hamlet and The Town , with The Hamlet emerging more favourably.  Andrea Dimino has studied aspects of Faulkner's use of humour in the novel.  Peter Nicolaisen has examined the contrast between the public and private lives of the characters as shown in the novel.