Hamlet

Hamlet
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  • Exposition
  • "After midnight, for two nights running, these two guards, Marcellus and Barnardo, saw a figure that looked very much like your father, in full armor from head to toe." (1.2.197)
  • Conflict
  • I’m the ghost of your father, doomed for a certain period of time to walk the earth at night, while during the day I’m trapped in the fires of purgatory until I’ve done penance for my past sins. (1.5.13)
  • Complications
  • "You see, he poisons the king in his own garden to get the kingdom for himself. The king’s name is Gonzago. The original story was written in the finest Italian. You’ll see shortly how the murderer wins the love of Gonzago’s wife." (3.2.246)
  • The setting is Elsinore Castle, Denmark. A group of soldiers tell Prince Hamlet that they believe they saw the ghost of his father, the former King of Denmark. Hamlet learns that his father had been poisoned from the ghost.
  • Climax
  •  Hamlet feels he must avenge his fathers death. Hamlet also struggles with the authenticity of the ghost and is unsure what to do and who to believe.
  • Falling Action
  • Claudius hires Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to spy on Hamlet along with Polonius. Hamlet is now starting to reject Ophelia, daughter of Polonius, his girlfriend. At the same time, Hamlet is also trying to figure out more about his fathers murder. Hamlet plans out a play to depict the probable death of his late father. If Claudius reacts to the play, he is guilty.
  • Catastrophe
  • Oh, I’m dying, Horatio! This strong poison’s overpowering me. I will not live to hear the news from England. But I bet Fortinbras will win the election to the Danish crown. He’s got my vote as I die. So tell him that, given the recent events here.  (5.2.351)
  • Claudius reacts poorly to the play, and is later seen praying for forgiveness for murdering Hamlet's father. Hamlet witnesses this and it helped confirmed his suspicion. Hamlet stabs Polonius through a curtain thinking it was Claudius. 
  • I could do it easily now. He’s praying now. And now I’ll do it. And there he goes, off to heaven. And that’s my revenge. I’d better think about this more carefully. (3.3.74)
  • Hamlet is sent to England as punishment. Claudius sends a letter to King of England ordering the execution of Hamlet. Hamlet escapes, returns to Denmark only to find his love, Ophelia, has drowned herself. Hamlet is challenged to a dual by Laertes, Ophelia's brother.
  •  When I insulted you it was due to insanity. Was Hamlet the one who insulted Laertes? No, not Hamlet. If Hamlet is robbed of his own mind, and insults Laertes when he’s not really himself, then Hamlet’s not guilty of the offense. Who is guilty, then? Hamlet’s mental illness is. (5.2.213)
  • During the dual, Laertes poisons his sword. Claudius poisoned a cup of wine and tried to get Hamlet to drink from it. Instead, Queen Gertrude drinks it. Hamlet is stabbed with the poisoned sword by Laertes, and then right after Laertes is stabbed by the same sword, also poisoned. Hamlet forces Claudius to drink the wine and then proceeds to stab him with the tainted sword. Only Horatio is left to tell the story. Fortinbras takes over as king.
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