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“Hamlet” by William Shakespeare Main Characters Hamlet: The Prince in Denmark, whose father died suddenly. His mother married Hamlet’s Uncle shortly after Hamlet, Senior’s death. Hamlet is a depressed, mourning, trouble man that struggles with his father’s death. He soon “goes mad” to in order to seek revenge for his father. Hamlet insanity, which lasts until the end of the play, causes him to act impulsively, outrageously and rudely. He is constantly unsure of himself and his plans to kill Claudius. Claudius: Uncle of Hamlet, and current King of Denmark. He is determined and influential man who always wants to have things his way. He poisons his own brother to gain the throne and the queen. Gertrude: Queen of Denmark, wife of Claudius and mother to Hamlet. She is a very feminine figure who tries to be a good mother to Hamlet, even through his madness. Polonius: Lord in the Denmark court. He is known for being a windbag who enjoys hearing the sound of his own voice. Polonius is an extremely noisy person and is often impulsive.
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Ophelia: Daughter of Polonius, and supposed lover of Hamlet. She is viewed as a naïve young girl with striking physical features. After her father’s death she is slung into insanity. Eventually she drowns herself in her desperation. Secondary Characters Horatio: Best friend of Hamlet. He is a loyal, supportive, and loving to Hamlet during his ups and downs. Horatio ultimately is left to tell Hamlet’s story after his death. Laertes: Polonius’s son. He is decisive and zealous, caring out his plans--- unlike Hamlet. He serves as Hamlet foil in the play. Fortinbras: Prince of Norway and foil to Hamlet. He invades Denmark and ambitiously fulfills his goals. The ghost: Aka Hamlet, Senior and spirit who appears to Hamlet in the beginning of the play. He urges Hamlet to avenge his death and kill Claudius. Inciting Moment The ghost appears to Hamlet and informs him of his murder. He urges Hamlet to avenge Claudius, his killer. Outline of Plot I. Exposition (Act I) A. Hamlet, Sr. as a ghost appears to Barnardo, Francisco, and Horatio (I.i)
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B. We meet the characters---Hamlet, Claudius, Gertrude, Polonius and Laertes; Hamlet is mourning for his father and is angry because his mother married Claudius (I.ii) C. Ophelia talks with Laertes and Polonius about Hamlet. They warn her and order her to stop seeing him. (I. iii) D. Hamlet learns of Claudius’ murderous act, when the ghost appears to him. (I.iv) II. Main Conflict A. Hamlet must plot and kill Claudius to avenge his father’s death. (I,v) III. Rising Action (Act II and III) A. Hamlet hides behind a veil of madness (II, I) B. Rosencrantz and Guildenstrern spy on Hamlet for Claudius. (II, ii) C. Polonius spies on Hamlet, trying to decipher the truth to Hamlet’s insanity; Ophelia is heartbroken when Hamlet tells her he never loved her. (III, I) D. Claudius decides Hamlet’s love for Ophelia is not the cause of his insanity; Hamlet plots to have the players make Claudius guilty with “The Mousetrap” play (III, ii)
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