Hamlet Act 1

Hamlet Act 1

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  • HAMLET, ACT 1 Horatio, Marcellus, and Barnardo encounter the ghost of the late King Hamlet, Prince Hamlet's father.
  • 3) See, it stalks away!
  • 2) It is offended!
  • 1) What art thou that usurp'st this time of night, together with fair and warlike form, in which the majesty of buried Denmark did sometimes march? By heaven, I charge thee, speak!
  • 1) Let us impart what we have seen tonight unto young Hamlet; for upon my life, this spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him. Do you consent we shall acquaint him with it as needful in our loves, fitting our duty?
  • 2) Let's do 't, I pray, and I this morning know where we shall find him most convenient.
  • Claudius, King of Denmark, and Queen Gertrude, Hamlet's mother, hold court. Hamlet still grieves his father, to the King and Queen's displeasure.
  • 4) Ay, madam, it is common...
  • 1) How is it that the clouds still hang on you?
  • 2) Not so, my lord. I am too much i' the sun.
  • 3) Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted color off, and let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark. Do not for ever with thy vailed lids seek for thy noble father in the dust. Thou know'st 'tis common, all that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity.
  • Hamlet has his first soliloquy, distressed over his mother's hasty and "incestuous" marriage to his uncle, King Claudius, despite his father's death not too long ago.
  • O, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew, or that the Everlasting had not fixed his canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God! O God! ...
  • Before Laertes returns to France, he warns his sister, Ophelia, that Hamlet's love for her may be momentary and untrue. Polonius, their father, enters and forbids Ophelia from meeting with Hamlet.
  • Hamlet, Horatio, and Marcellus wait for the ghost of Hamlet's father to appear. When it does appear, Hamlet goes and speaks to it alone. He learns some troubling things about his father's demise...
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