Hamlet Synopsis

Hamlet Synopsis

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  • The play opens on a dark night, while guards and Horatio are approached by a mysterious ghost, believed to be that of the recently deceased king, Hamlet.
  • Keep your eyes peeled guards, I've been visited by a ghost!
  • Yes sir, Mr. Horatio, we'll be ready to fight it if necessary.
  • After the passing of King Hamlet, Claudius makes arrangements to marry the former king's wife, Gertrude, however, the younger Hamlet (Hamlet's son) feels that the dead king wasn't properly mourned.
  • Why, of course!
  • Fair Gertrude will you marry me?
  • This is sooo messed up..
  • Act II opens up on Polonius sending a man off to check on his son who recently went off to school. Meanwhile his daughter, Ophelia, has some interesting news for her father.
  • RIght away sir!
  • Go off and make sure my son Laertes isn't making trouble in school.
  • Father's not going to like this...
  • Upon discovering that Hamlet had been interacting with his daughter, despite Polonius forbidding her to, he confronts the King and Queen about the severity of Hamlet's madness.
  • I have a letter proving how mad your son is!
  • Let's see if we can prove this theory.
  • You can't prove anything old man!
  • Act III starts off with Polonius, Ophelia, Gertrude, Claudius, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern all hanging out together talking about Hamlet and what they really think is going on with him. 
  • G: He can't really be crazy, right? O: That or he's in love
  • C: Let's spy on him. P: Good idea, we'll prove he's mad!
  • R: I fear for our friend's health. G: He might just be acting
  • Claudius and Polonius set up Ophelia as bait so they can try and listen to him and determine if he's in love or just crazy, but Hamlet is actually in the middle of a long soliloquy, contemplating life. Eventually Ophelia approaches Hamlet, and he reveals that he doesn't actually love her.
  • To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them. To die—to sleep, No more; and by a sleep....
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