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King Hamlet is dead, which made Claudius the new King of Denmark. The Queens son Hamlet is depressed and sees the ghost of his father who let's him know that Claudius murdered him and to avenge his death. Laertes and Polonius warn Ophelia not to fall in love with young Hamlet.
Polonius believes that Hamlet's odd behavior is because Ophelia has rejected him and tells King Claudius. Claudius sends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to find out exactly why Hamlet's acting strange. Hamlet decides to test Claudius using a play to find out if he killed his father.
Hamlets so excited for King Claudius and Queen Gertrude to watch a play that he has added lines to. King Claudius and Polonius listen in on Hamlet's and Ophelia's private conversation. Hamlet thinks Ophelia is spying on him and is angry. King Claudius decides to send Hamlet to England, because he's scared of him. The play is performed, King Claudius reacts and makes Hamlet sure that he did poison his father and that the ghost was telling the truth. Hamlet and his mother aren't on great terms and he frightens her and stabs aPolonius through the tapestry.
The Queen tells Claudius that Hamlet is mad and just killed Polonius and is stunned. King Claudius is scared for his life and wants to send Hamlet away in a hurry and asks Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to spy on Hamlet to find Polonius' body to bury. Hamlet realizes that they are not his friends. Claudius meets with Hamlet and he tells him where Polonius' body is and Claudius makes plans to kill Hamlet while he's in England. Laertes is furious and Ophelia goes mad when they hear about their father. Ophelia drowns and Laertes agrees to Claudius plan to kill Hamlet.
Hamlet and Horatio speak to the grave digger and realize some things about death. Everyone thinks Ophelia committed suicide and Hamlet believes that he truly loved her more than anyone else could. Lerates is angry. Hamlets let Horatio know that how he avoided getting killed and had Guildenstern and Rosencrantz killed instead for obeying Claudius. Afterward Lerates fights Hamlet and uses a poisoned sword and his mother drinks poison meant for Hamlet and dies. Then Hamlet kills Claudius with the same sword and are both dying. Hamlet tells young Fortinbra that he should rule Demark next and for Horatio to tell his story.
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