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  • Act 1 Exposition
  • In the beginning, we're introduced to the characters of the play. King Hamlet has recently died. His son has returned home for the death of his father to find his newly widowed mother preparing to remarried his uncle, Claudius. Hamlet is not fully welcomed with this information. Soon the ghost of King Hamlet appears in the courtyard, which will soon cause major conflicts.
  • Act 2 Rising Action
  • Hamlet, who is the child of the King Hamlet and Queen Gertrude, is introduced to his father's ghost. The ghost comes to Hamlet to inform him on the events of his killing. The ghost tells Hamlet that his Uncle Claudius is responsible for his death. Hamlet must now take matters into his own hands.
  • Hamlet is torn between taking revenge on his uncle. He doesn't know whether the ghost's story is accurate or not, so Hamlet must first gather evidence to prove that Claudius really killed King Hamlet. If the ghost's story is correct, Hamlet will also be torn between killing another person and going to hell or not killing a person and being free from sin.
  • Conflict
  • Act 3 Climax
  • To find the truth about the ghost's story, Hamlet prepares a play that reenacts the death of King Hamlet. Hamlet watches for the react of Claudius to determine whether the ghost was right about the event. As the play goes on, Claudius grows frustrated and shocked about the play's action. Claudius rises and stops the play, giving Hamlet all the information he needed to know. Claudius indeed killed King Hamlet!
  • Act 4 Falling Action
  • In rage, Hamlet runs to his mother's room to tell her all the actions about Claudius and his father's death. As Hamlet explains to his mother, he sees motion behind the curtain. Thinking it would be Claudius, Hamlet stabs straight through the curtain killing Polonius. In the falling action, Claudius knows that Hamlet knows his secret and now Claudius must end the secret by ending Hamlet before Hamlet ends Claudius.
  • As all secrets explode out, all characters plot to end all the fuse by killing. In the end all characters die. With the result of the death of the characters, the cycle of revenge and secret ends. Without the deaths, the cycle would've continued leading to more deaths than the deaths caused by the end of the play.
  • Act 5 Denounment
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