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Hamlet Storyboard By John Williams
The ghost of King Hamlet tells his son, Prince Hamlet, that he was murdered by his brother (Claudius, the current King) and tells Hamlet to take revenge for him.
And I do think—or else this brain of mine Hunts not the trail of policy so sure As it hath used to do—that I have found The very cause of Hamlet’s lunacy.
After the encounter, Hamlet pretends that he has gone mad which prompts Claudius and Polonius (Claudius' advisor and father of Hamlet's lover, Ophelia) to believe that he has gone mad due to his love for Ophelia.
To further investigate Hamlet's madness, Polonius hides and eavesdrops on a conversation between Hamlet and his mother (Gertrude, the Queen and new wife of Claudius), but he makes a noise and alerts Hamlet. Hamlet, believing it to be King Claudius that was eavesdropping, drives his sword into Polonius and kills him.
How now, a rat? Dead for a ducat, dead!
I will do ’t. And for that purpose I’ll anoint my sword. I bought an unction of a mountebank, So mortal that, but dip a knife in it, Where it draws blood no cataplasm so rare, Collected from all simples that have virtue Under the moon, can save the thing from death
Claudius, fearing for his life, agrees to help Laertes (son of Polonius and brother of Ophelia) get revenge on Hamlet for the death of his father and his sister (Ophelia, driven to insanity by both her father's death and Hamlet's madness, drowned herself). They plan to have Laertes challenge Hamlet to a duel in which Laertes will use a poisoned blade, and as a contingency plan in case that doesn't work, Claudius will have a poisoned drink awaiting Hamlet after the duel.
Hamlet agrees to duel Laertes. During the ensuing duel, Gertrude drinks from the poisoned drink that Claudius had set for Hamlet, killing her. While, in the actual duel, Hamlet is wounded by Laertes' poisoned blade. In a scuffle, both blades are switched and Hamlet ends up wounding Laertes' with his own blade. As he lays there dying Laertes asks for Hamlet's forgiveness and tells him about both the poisoned sword which will kill now end up killing them both and the poisoned drink which accidentally has killed his mother. Laertes then dies as Hamlets takes the sword runs it through Claudius and forces him to drink the poisoned drink, killing him. With his dying words Hamlet makes his recommendation for the throne and then dies.
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