Horatio joins Barnardo and Marcellus on their watch to see an apparition they say takes the form of King Hamlet.
In the same figure, like the King that's dead.
State address by Claudius. Hamlet is unhappy about marriage of Claudius and Gertrude. In a soliloquy he expresses his disgust at the state of affairs and contemplates suicide. Horatio tells Hamlet about the Ghost. Hamlet is then told about the Ghost by Horatio
The Ghost tells Hamlet that he was poisoned by Claudius and calls on Hamlet to avenge him.
The serpent that did sting thy father's life/Now wears his crown
The time is out of joint. O cursed spite,/That ever I was born to set it right!
Rosencratz and Guildenstern are summoned to spy on Hamlet. The Players arrive. Hamlet inserts lines into a play, in order to confirm that Claudius is guilty. In a soliloquy, he berates himself for his inaction.
The play's the thing/Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King.
Claudius and Polonius spy on Hamlet. In a soliloquy, Hamlet reflects on life, death and suicide. Opehlia returns his presents, and Hamlet treats her cruelly.
To be, or not to be - that is the question
Get thee to a nunnery!
The players perform. Claudius is destressed and leaves abruptly. Hamlet has proof that Claudius is guilty, and he is ready to act.
Now could I drink hot blood,/And do such bitter business as the day/Would quake to look on.