Hamlet Development Storyboard (Part 1)
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Hamlet expresses deep resentment and disapproval toward the marriage of his mother, Gertrude, and his uncle Claudius. This effect is amplified to its immediate occurrence following King Hamlet's funeral. At this point, Hamlet seems like the typical protagonist with an aversion toward evil (incest).
Shortly after Horatio notifies Hamlet about witnessing King Hamlet's ghost, Hamlet is visited by the entity. It calls upon Hamlet to avenge his death, which was at the hands of the usurper Claudius.
Although deeply affected by the appearance of the ghost, Hamlet is unsure of whether to take action due to his inner conflict of distinguishing illusion from fact. However, he eventually tells Horatio and Marcellus that he will "pretend" to be mad and spy on Gertrude and Claudius. This is because his greatest fear (Claudius committing murder) was affirmed by his father's spirit.
Ophelia reports to Polonius that Hamlet confronted her (after she agreed to cut off her relationship), pale and trembling. It is difficult to tell whether Hamlet is feigning his distress over Ophelia or is geniunely heartbroken. Polonius assumes the latter is true and decides to tell Claudius. When this is done, Gertrude remains convinced that the reason behind Hamlet's madness is her hasty remarriage.
Hamlet demonstrates his cunning abilities in an exchange with Polonius. Once the conversation is over, Polonius is wholeheartedly convinced Hamlet is insane due to his affection toward Ophelia. In reality, Hamlet was merely mocking Polonius and taking advantage of his limited wit.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern arrive and Hamlet is immediately suspicious of the reason behind their arrival. Once they admit to being sent by the king and queen, Hamlet erupts into a melancholy wreck. He claims that he has "lost all his mirth" and scorns the nature of mankind. Although cryptic, this outburst reflects Hamlet's true thoughts, contrary to what he has demonstrated to the other characters.
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