Remember AC Bradley? I remember back in high school hearing that name associated with the definition of tragic hero. So when his name showed up in my links today in the title “A.C. Bradley Answers Your Hamlet Questions”, I was intrigued.
The linked page is….well, interesting. It’s a bullet list, maybe a dozen questions about Hamlet, all of which are given straight up yes or no answers, with a link to Bradley. Did Gertrude sleep with Claudius before Hamlet’s father died? Yes, see page 166. Did Hamlet delay because of moral conscience or scruple? No, he delayed because of profound melancholy, pages 97+108.
While I’m sure this has value (the linked pages do in fact give detail on how each answer is chosen), I hate it. A quick skim makes the reader think there are definite answers to these questions just because some expert says so. But then if you try to read the justifications, you yourself have to be an expert in the subject just to understand what the heck Bradley is talking about.