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  • Act 1 Exposition
  • In Denmark, the former king has died & a group of soldiers tell his son prince (Hamlet) they saw his ghost. Hamlet learns his father was poisoned by his uncle who has usurped the throne.
  • Conflict
  • Hamlet feels that he must seek revenge on his father’s behalf. However, he struggles with the authenticity of the “ghost.”
  • Throughout the rising action Hamlet uses tactics to prove Claudius killed his father. He requests that a theater troop act out a play that depicts a king being poisoned in the ear. Claudius' reaction will prove his guilt or innocents.
  • Act 2 Rising Action
  • Act 3 Climax
  • Claudius leaves the play and goes to pray forgiveness for killing Hamlets father. Hamlet overhears this and wants to kill him however, Hamlet thinks if he kills Claudius while he is praying, he will go to heaven.
  • Hamlet accidentally kills Polonius; Claudius hires his friends to bring Hamlet to England where he will be hanged; Hamlet escapes back to Denmark; Ophelia drowns; Hamlet is challenged to a fencing match by Laertes (Ophelia’s Brother) who blames Hamlet for his sister (Ophelia) and fathers (Polonius) deaths.
  • Act 4 Falling Action
  • At the match Laertes poisons the tip of his sword; Claudius poisons a cup; and In dramatic irony Gertrude dies, Hamlet and Laertes are both stabbed. Then, Hamlet gets his revenge. In the end only Horatio is left standing to tell the story, meanwhile the Norwegian army arrives with Fortinbras who claims Denmark as his.
  • Act 5 Denounment
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