Hamlet Comic Book

Hamlet Comic Book
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AP LIT Hamlet comic

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  • Horatio: "Let us impart what we have seen tonight unto young Hamlet, for, upon my life, This spirit dumb to us, will speak to him."
  • Our story begins in Denmark, with two guards, Horatio and Marcellus, encountering a ghost that looks like the previous King of Denmark. They wish to tell King Hamlet about the ghost in order for the ghost to reveal its purpose.
  • Marcellus: "'Tis gone. We do it wrong, being so majestical, to offer it the show of violence,"
  • Ghost: "If thou hast nature in thee, bear it not. Let not the royal bed of Denmark be a couch for luxury and damned incest. But howsoever thou pursuest this act, taint not they mind, nor let they soul contrive against thy mother aught."
  • Hamlet: "I'll wipe away all trivial fond records, all saws of books, all forms, and all pressures past that youth and observation copied there, and thy commandment all alone shall live...So, uncle, there you are. Now to my word."
  • The two guards bring Hamlet to the ghost, and the ghost reveals itself to be Hamlet's father who was murdered by his brother, Claudius, for the throne and for his wife. The ghost says to Hamlet that he will be avenged only once Claudius dies.
  • Hamlet plots to avenge the death of his father and fakes insanity as a cover up for his motives. King Claudius and Queen Gertrude, mother of Hamlet, believe Hamlet has turned mad. Polonius, the Lord Chamberlain, suggests that Hamlet is in love with his Daughter, Ophelia.
  • Polonius: "Thence to a watch, thence into a weakness, thence to a lightness, and, by this declension, into the madness wherein now he raves all we mourn for."
  • Hamlet: "About my brain,-Hum, I have heard that guilty creatures sitting at a play have, by the very cunning of the scene, been struck so to the soul that presently they have proclaimed their malefactions. For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak with miraculous organ."
  • A group of traveling actors come to town, and Hamlet forms a plan to have the performers play a scene closely resembling the scene of Claudius murdering the old king to test Claudius' guilt. Claudius leaves during the murder scene of the play confirming his guilt to Hamlet.
  • Claudius: "Give me some light, away!"
  • Hamlet goes to talk to his mother about her relationship with Claudius, but Polonius has hidden behind a tapestry to catch Hamlet's madness. Hearing a noise during their conversation, Hamlet stabs the tapestry thinking it is Claudius, but is revealed to be Polonius. For his Crime, Claudius makes him leave to England.
  • Gertrude: "O, speak to me no more! These words like daggers enter in my ears. No more, sweet Hamlet."
  • Hamlet: "How now, a rat? Dead for a ducat, dead!"
  • Polonius: "Oh, I am slain."
  • King Claudius dispatches Hamlet to England for the murder of Polonius. Claudius also sends a sealed order for the death of Hamlet. Ophelia, discovering the death of her father, drowns herself and Polonius' son, Laertes, seeks revenge on Hamlet.
  • Laertes: "It warms the very sickness in my heart that I shall live and tell him to his teeth, 'thus diddest thou.'"
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