Essay, Pages 3 (741 words)
Marcellus tells Bernardo that Horatio does not believe their story about the apparitions.
The Ghost of Hamlet’s father appears, but stalks away when Horatio commands it to speak.
Marcellus asks Horatio why such a strict nightly watch has been set at Elsinore.
Horatio explains that Fortinbras has raised an unlawful army to avenge his father’s death.
The Ghost reappears, but leaves without speaking when the cock crows.
He is swift to act.
The Ghost silently signals Hamlet to follow it.
The Ghost reveals to Hamlet that it is the spirit of Hamlet’s father.
The Ghost reveals that he is doomed, for a certain time, to fast in fires until he is purged of sin.
The Ghost reveals that Claudius killed King Hamlet.
Hamlet gives a strange response to Horatio and Marcellus’s questions.
Horatio says, “These are but wild and whirling words, my lord.”
The Ghost, from under the stage, urges Horatio and Marcellus to swear secrecy.
Hamlet tells Horatio and Marcellus that he may later think it necessary to act as though he were insane.
Horatio and Marcellus swear to keep Hamlet’s two secrets: the meeting with the Ghost and Hamlet’s “madness.”
His uncertainties about his mother’s loyalties makes him test Ophelia’s as well.
between Hamlet and himself
between Hamlet and Gertrude
between Denmark and Norway
between Hamlet and Ophelia
Claudius and Polonius hide themselves and listen in on Hamlet’s conversation with Ophelia.
Claudius decides that Hamlet’s madness is not caused by neglected love and that he is dangerous.
Polonius suggests that he will hide and listen as the Queen talks with Hamlet.
The players present a “dumb play” in which a king is poisoned and his wife is won by the murderer.
The players perform the play up to the poisoning scene.
Claudius cries out “Give me light” and leaves.
Polonius comes to tell Hamlet that his mother wants to see him.
Polonius reports that Hamlet has gone to see Gertrude.
Polonius will eavesdrop on the conversation between Hamlet and Gertrude.
Alone, Claudius tries to pray.
Hamlet passes up his opportunity to kill Claudius.
Claudius sends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to find Hamlet and calls a council meeting.
Hamlet will not tell Rosencrantz and Guildenstern where he has put Polonius’s body.
Claudius’s soliloquy reveals that orders have been called for Hamlet to be killed as soon as he arrives in England.
Fortinbras and his army pass through Denmark on their way to Poland.
Claudius sees Ophelia in her madness for the first time.
Laertes sees Ophelia in her madness for the first time.
Claudius takes Laertes aside to explain about Polonius’s death and burial.
Claudius receives a message from Hamlet saying that Hamlet will see him tomorrow.
Laertes and Claudius make plans for Hamlet’s death.
Gertrude tells Claudius and Laertes that Ophelia has drowned herself.