The setting is Elsinore Castle, in DenmarkThe former King of Demark has died, and a group of soldiers tell his son, Prince Hamlet, that they believe they saw his ghost.
Hamlet feels that he must seek revenge on his father’s behalf. However, hestruggles with the authenticity of the “ghost” and is indecisive about his courseof action.
Throughout the rising action, Hamlet tries to figure out if Claudius truly killed hisfather. When he hears a group of actors are coming, he requests that they act outa play that depicts a king being poisoned in the ear. This mimics the way theghost claims he was killed.