•The setting is Elsinore Castle, in Denmark•The former King of Demark has died, and a group of soldiers tell his son, PrinceHamlet, that they believe they saw his ghost.
•Hamlet feels that he must seek revenge on his father’s behalf. However, he struggles with the authenticity of the “ghost” and is indecisive about his course of action.
•Throughout the rising action, Hamlet tries to figure out if Claudius truly killed hisfather. When he hears a group of actors are coming, he requests that they act outa play that depicts a king being poisoned in the ear. This mimics the way theghost claims he was killed.
DRINK IT YOU BASTARD!!!
Hamlet speaks to his mother about how disgusted he is that she is married toClaudius. Hamlet accidentally kills Polonius and is banished to England.
• Claudius includes a letter to the King of England that orders Hamlet’s execution.Hamlet escapes and comes back to Denmark. Ophelia, crushed by Hamlet’sapparent disdain and the death of the father, has drowned herself.
•At the fencing match, Laertes poisons the tip of his sword. Claudius poisons a cup and tries to get Hamlet to drink from it. Hamlet refuses and Queen Gertrudedrinks from it instead. Laertes stabs Hamlet. They grapple, and Laertes is stabbed by his own sword and also poisoned. Hamlet makes Claudius drink from the poison cup, and then stabs him with the poisoned sword. In the end, only Horatio is left to tell the story