Hamlet Act 1


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  • Act 1, Scene 1
  • What art thou that usurp'st this time of night together with that fair and warlike form in which the majesty of buried Denmark did sometimes march? By heaven, I charge thee, speak.
  • Act 1, Scene 2
  • Why seems it so particular with thee?
  • "Seems," madam? Nay, it is. I know not "seems." 'Tis not alone my inky cloak, goo mother, nor my customary suits of solemn black, nor windy suspiration of forced breath, no, nor the fruitful river in the eye, nor the dejected 'havior of the visage, together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief, that can denote me truly. These indeed "seem," for they are actions that a man might play. But I have that within which passeth show, these but the trappings and the suits of woe.
  • Act 1, Scene 2 Cont.
  • Two nights together had these gentlemen, Marcellus and Barnardo, on theor watch, in the dead waste and middle of the night, been thus encountered: a figure like your father armed at point exactly, cap-à-pie, appears before them and with solemn march goes slow and stately by them. Thrice he walked by their oppressed and fear-surprisèd eyes within his truncheon's length, whilst they, distilled almost to jelly with the act of fear, stand dumb and speak not to him. This to me in dreadful secrecy impart they did, and I with them the third night kept the watch, where--as they had delivered, both in time, form of the thing, each word made true and good--the apparition comes. I knew you father. These hands are not more like.
  • Horatio after seeing the ghost and its likeness to the recently dead king demands that it speaks to him and explain itself but gets no response.
  • Act 1, Scene 3
  • He may love you now, and may have only the best intentions, but you have to be on your guard. Remember that he belongs to the royal family, and his intentions don’t matter that much— he’s a slave to his family obligations.
  • Hamlet's mother tells him to stop wearing black clothes and not to be so gloomy after the death of his father and asks why it seems so particular to him.
  • Act 1, Scene 4
  • Unhand me, gentlemen. By heaven, 'll make a ghost of him that lets me. I say away!---Go on. I'll follow thee.
  • Horatio tells Hamlet that he has seen the ghost of Hamlet's dead father.
  • Act 1, Scene 5
  • Hamlet, I am you father.
  • Oh God!
  • Laertes warns his sister Ophelia about trusting Hamlet and his love for her. Then his father comes in and again warns her about Hamlet.
  • The ghost appears and beckons Hamlet to follow but Horatio and Marcellus try to restrain him. Hemlat then commands them to let him go and threatens them with his sword. Then follows the ghost away.
  • The ghost reveals that he is the ghost of Hamlet's dead father Hamlet. The ghost also reveals that it was Hamlet's uncle Claudius that killed him with poison.
  • Oh and by the way your uncle Claudius poisoned me.
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