Hamlet 2

Hamlet 2

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  • Act 3, Scene 1
  • Act 3, Scene 2
  • Stop the play!!!
  • Claudius and Polonius eavesdrop when Hamlet meets Ophelia. Hamlet speaks the famous soliloquy ('To be or not to be') and rejects Ophelia, whom he had previously professed love to, believing that she is in league with his uncle and Polonius.
  • Act 4, Scene 6
  • In front of the king and the whole court, the players perform a scene which closely follows the Ghost's account of his murder by Claudius. When Claudius cuts the performance short, Hamlet takes this a proof of his guilt.
  • Act 5, Scene 2
  • ... I guess I'm in charge now?
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  • Polonius's son Laertes has returned to Denmark, determined to revenge his father's murder and blaming Claudius. Already distraught, Laertes also learns that his sister Ophelia, driven mad by Hamlet's rejection and her father's murder, has drowned.
  • As Laertes and Hamlet fight, Gertrude drinks the poisoned wine that Claudius had intended for Hamlet and dies. Laertes manages to wound Hamlet slightly with the poisoned tip of his sword. In the heat of the fight, the swords are switched. Laertes is in turn wounded by Hamlet, using the poisoned weapon, and dies. Hamlet dies in Horatio's arms. 
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