Hamlet

Hamlet
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Patrick Hill https://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/plays/play_view.php?WorkID=hamlet&Scope=entire&pleasewait=1&msg=pl ^ Was used to determine line numbers.

Storyboard Text

  • Prologue
  • "Now, Hamlet, hear. 'Tis given out that, sleeping in my orchard, A serpent stung me. So the whole ear of Denmark Is by a forged process of my death Rankly abus'd. But know, thou noble youth, The serpent that did sting thy father's life  Now wears his crown." (Shakespeare 1.5.771-777).
  • Conflict
  • "The spirit that I have seen  May be a devil; and the devil hath power  T' assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps  Out of my weakness and my melancholy,  As he is very potent with such spirits,  Abuses me to damn me." (Shakespeare 2:1:1673-1678). 
  • Rising Action
  • "I'll have these Players  Play something like the murther of my father Before mine uncle. I'll observe his looks;  I'll tent him to the quick. If he but blench,  I know my course." (Shakespeare 2.2.1669-1673).
  • The ghost of Hamlet's father comes and tells Hamlet that he was poisoned by Hamlet's very own uncle.
  • The Climax
  • "Now might I do it pat, now he is praying;  And now I'll do't. And so he goes to heaven,  And so am I reveng'd. That would be scann'd.  A villain kills my father; and for that,  I, his sole son, do this same villain send To heaven." (Shakesphere 3.3.2355-2361).
  • In this scene Hamlet is thinking that the ghost may really just be "the devil" and is trying to tempt him to murder Claudius.
  • Falling Action
  • "Confess yourself to heaven;  Repent what's past; avoid what is to come;  And do not spread the compost on the weeds" (Shakesphere 3.4.2552-2554). 
  • Hamlet is telling the audience how he is going to figure out what truly happened to his father. 
  • Catastrophe
  • Hamlet considers killing Claudius but realizes he is in prayer and re-evaluates his options.
  • Hamlet is telling Gertrude "stop spreading compost on weeds" in other words, stop her relationship with Claudius. 
  • Hamlet forces Claudius to drink the poisonous potion and then proceeds to stab him.
  • "Here, thou incestuous, murd'rous, damned Dane, Drink off this potion! Is thy union here? Follow my mother." (Shakesphere 5.2.3982-3984).
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