Shakespeare: Hamlet and The Tempest

Encounter the Timeless Wisdom of Shakespeare

William Shakespeare, the greatest English poet, produced plays unsurpassed in their beauty, wit, and depth. To study Shakespeare is to receive a grand education in human nature, as his characters reveal unforgettable lessons about human desire, choice, vice, and virtue.

Taught by Hillsdale College Professor of English Stephen Smith, this free seven-lecture course examines two of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, Hamlet and The Tempest. In particular, Professor Smith explores the actions of the great princes of these plays, Hamlet and Prospero, to discover what leads one to tragedy and the other to happiness. The result is an education in the virtues necessary to make self-government and statesmanship possible. 

By enrolling in “Shakespeare: Hamlet and The Tempest” you will receive free access to the lecture videos, course readings, and quizzes to aid you in your study of the masterpieces of English literature. 

We invite you to join us today as we embark on this wonderful journey through Hamlet and The Tempest with Professor Stephen Smith.

Enroll in this free online course on Shakespeare today!

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What students say

Takes the student through the full context of the course subject matter. Wonderful insight into how we strayed and its consequences and offers a solution.

– Don

It's refreshing listening to ideas and thoughts that would be discussed in a classroom setting.  It's been quite a few years since I have been in that type of setting.  It's nice to be back.  It gets the creative juices running in the brain again.

– Susan

Content is well presented; the students are stellar in their responses and questions. Prof. Arnn does a fabulous job balancing teaching and allowing students to participate. Above all he makes complex ideas easy to understand.

– Hope