The former king of Denmark has died and a group of soldiers tell his son, Prince hamlet, 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.
Hamlet tries to figure out if claudius truly killed his father. When he hears a group of actors are coming, he requested they act out a play that depicts a king being poisoned in the ear. This mimics they way the ghost claims he was killed.
Hamlet speaks to his mother about how disgusted he is that she is married to claudius. 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's apparent disdain and the death of her father, drowns herself.
At the fencing match laerates poisons the tip of the sword. Claudius poisons a cup and tries to get hamlet to drink it, hamlet refuses and queen gertrude drinks from it instead. Laertes stabs hamlet, they tussled and laertes stabs himself. Hamlet makes claudius drink from the poison cup and then kills himself. In the end only horatio is left to tell the story