The Ghost of Hamlets father speaks to him and tells him that his uncle Claudius is the one who killed him and that Hamlet must take revenge. Hamlet accepts the task and vows to avenge his dead father.
Sent to England
Claudius brings two of Hamlets old friends Rozencrantz and Guildenstern to Denmark to spy on Hamlet. He had recently been acting insane and distressed, a troubled soul.
The actors come to town so Hamlet hatches a plan to recreate the murder of his father and see how Claudius reacts. The new King becomes extremely distressed and this is enough proof that the ghost was telling the truth.
The Death Scene
Hamlet accidentally stabs and kills Polonius, the kings adviser. Claudius finds out and sends Hamlet away to England. He sends Rozencrantz and Guildenstern go with Hamlet and take a letter to the King to kill Hamlet. Hamlet finds the letter and changes it. Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are killed instead.
Ophelia, Polonius' daughter, hears the news about her dead father and is driven insane. Hamlet returns just after Ophelia's body is found at the bottom of a lake underneath her window. Hamlet is distraught when he learns of the death. In the graveyard, Hamlet is pictured talking to a skull and then fighting with Ophelia's brother Laertes.
A fencing match is arranged and the tip of Laertes sword is poisoned as is a cup of wine. Instead of Hamlet drinking the poisoned wine, Queen Gertrude drinks it and dies. Hamlet is stabbed with the poisoned sword and is slowly dying. There is a mix up between the sword and Hamlet stabs Laertes with poison. In his dying breath, Hamlet strikes Claudius too. Gertrude, Laertes, Claudius and Hamlet all die.