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At night in front of Elsinore Castle in Denmark two guards, Marcellus and Bernando and Horatio see King Hamlet's apparition. They are shocked by the sight of it and Horatio tries to speak to it when it comes back a second time. They believe it is back to talk to Hamlet. "Stay! speak! speak! I charge thee, speak!"
King Cladius announces his marriage to Hamlet's Mother to a small council. Hamlet is upset due to his mother's decision to marry Cladius. Hamlet is also still in mourning. Also in this scene Cladius asks Laeretes to go back to France. "Taken to wife. Nor have we herein barred Your better wisdoms, which have freely gone With this affair along."
Hamlet is alone and sad due to his mother's quick mourning period over his father. He is also upset about King Cladius and how less of a man he is. Hamlet questions the world and his life. "His canon ’gainst self-slaughter! O God, God, How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world!"
Before Laeretes leaves to France, he consults his sister Ophelia about her relationship with Hamlet. He advises her not to have any type of romantic relationship with Hamlet and to steer away from him due to his emotional instability and untruthfulness. "For Hamlet, and the trifling of his favor,Hold it a fashion and a toy in blood,A violet in the youth of primy nature,"
Hamlet is keeping watch outside of the castle with Horatio and Marcellus. Into the night, King Hamlet's apparition shows up and beckons Hamlet. Hamlet's companions advise him not to go with the apparition as it might lead him to danger. Hamlet believes that the Heavens will protect him. "Angels and ministers of grace, defend us!Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damned,Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts fromhell,"
The apparition speaks to Hamlet and Hamlet cannot believe that it is his father's apparition. The ghost urged Hamlet to take revenge but to leave his mother out of the whole situation. Hamlet makes Horatio and Marcellus swear on Hamlet's sword that they will never say a word about it. "Never make known what you have seen tonight."
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