Hamlet Storyboard

Hamlet Storyboard

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  • We meet the main character Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, and his friend from Wittenberg College, Horatio. Horatio shows Hamlet the ghost of the former king, Hamlet’s father, on the walls of Castle Elsinore. "Season your admiration for a while / With an attent ear, till I may deliver, / Upon the witness of these gentlemen, / This marvel to you." (Shakespeare 1.2.192-5)
  • Hamlet's father's ghost tells Hamlet that he was poisoned by Hamlet's uncle Claudius, who has since married Hamlet's mother, Gertrude, and become the king. "Murder most foul, as in the best it is. / But this most foul, strange and unnatural." (Shakespeare 1.5.27-8)
  • Hamlet stages a play acting out what his father's ghost told him Claudius did in an effort to catch Claudius in his guilt. The ploy is successful, and Hamlet steels himself to kill his uncle. "O good Horatio, I’ll take the ghost’s word for a thousand pound. Didst perceive?" (Shakespeare 3.2.260)
  • Hamlet goes to kill Claudius, but is stymied by the fact that Claudius seems to be praying (although he, in fact, is not). Then Hamlet confronts his mother with the truth of his father's death and kills Polonius, an adviser who was hiding behind a curtain, thinking him to be Claudius. "Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell. / I took thee for thy better. / Take thy fortune. / Thou find’st to be too busy is some danger." (Shakespeare 3.4.32-4)
  • Hamlet is sent to England for killing Polonius, and Claudius secretly plans to have him killed there. However, Hamlet figures out Claudius's plan and escapes back to Denmark, where he learns that Polonius's daughter Ophelia, the girl he loved, has drowned herself out of grief. Laertes, Ophelia's brother, challenges Hamlet to a duel because he blames Hamlet for the deaths of his family members. "The devil take thy soul!" (Shakespeare 5.1.235) 
  • Hamlet and Laertes duel, but Claudius has helped Laertes poison his sword, and poisoned a cup which Claudius then invites Hamlet to drink. Gertrude drinks it instead and dies, and Laertes cuts Hamlet while he is distracted. Hamlet and Laertes wrestle and Hamlet stabs Laertes with his own sword. Dying, Laertes reveals the truth of the poison and Claudius's part, so Hamlet finally kills Claudius and then dies. "O, I die, Horatio" (Shakespeare 5.2.351)
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