Barnardo, Francisco, and Horacio are keeping guard of the castle and the men see an apparition. They then attempt to speak to the ghost only to find it being mute and disappearing. Horatio talks to Hamlet Jr and tells him the news of their sighting and mentions that they believe it is his father Hamlet Sr. Hamlet goes to investigate the apparition and speaks with it while being watched from above.
Ophelia revealed to her father that Hamlet had professed his love to her in a vulgar manner. He had entered the room with an unbuttoned shirt and etc. Her father than begins to feel bad for Hamlet with the suspicion that he is acting like this due to their love turning cold. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are then sent to spy on Hamlet. Polonius talks to the king and the queen stating his beliefs on why their son is acting in such an odd manner. The King and Queen don't believe him and think it is due to the overhasty marriage his parents endured. Hamlet then reveals his intentions with the play which is to catch the kings's conscience.
Hamlet is On a tirade and tells Ophelia she belongs in a whore house and tells her how much of a slut as she she wishes to return the love letters and other gifts from Hamlet. Hamlet gives the actors tips on their work and instructs Horatio to keep an eye on Claudius during the performance. Hamlet sits with Ophelia at the play. Claudius leaves at the murder of the king. Hamlet gets an escort to England. Polonius gets eavesdropped again.Claudius is praying for forgiveness. Hamlet kneels before the king and appears to be praying.