Portfolio 6, Entry 1
Act I, scene i
Bernardo is keeping watch when Horatio pays him a visit.
The ghost of King Hamlet then
After giving a brief history for the reader, they decide they should find Hamlet to try to
get him to communicate with the ghost.
Act I, scene ii
The new king, King Claudius, who is also Hamlet’s uncle, speaks of his newly acquired position
He mourns King Hamlet’s death, but rejoices at the marriage to Gertrude.
Polonius’s son, gets permission from Claudius to leave for France.
Gertrude and Claudius make
note of Hamlet’s dark-colored clothes, representing that he still mourns his father’s death.
Claudius denies Hamlet permission to go to Wittenberg to continue study.
Horatio then finds
Hamlet and gets him to agree to come view the ghost of his father.
Act I, scene iii
Laertes warns his sister, Ophelia of the dangers of falling in love with Hamlet.
Polonius goes on
to give Laertes general life advice for the long journey in front of him.
Polonius then also
forbids Ophelia from falling in love with Ophelia.
Act I, scene iv
Hamlet, Horatio, and Marcellus are keeping guard, waiting for the ghost to appear.
ghost appears, Hamlet decides to follow the ghost, despite his friends’ warnings.
Act I, scene v
The ghost tells Hamlet that he was murdered by his brother and newfound king, Claudius.
Hamlet vows to take revenge for his father’s death.
Hamlet tells his friends about what the ghost
told him, and they swear to keep it a secret.
Act II, scene i
Polonius hires a man to follow Laertes.
Ophelia then tells him of a run-in she had with Hamlet
where he said nothing.
Polonius fears Hamlet is going mad with his love for Ophelia, and rushes
to tell Claudius.
Act II, scene ii
Claudius hires Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to find out what is driving Hamlet mad.
then enters and tells Claudius that Ophelia’s love is what is driving Hamlet mad.
The plot to set
up a place where he meets Ophelia so as to see if that is truly the cause.
Hamlet then speaks with
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and learns that Claudius sent them.
Hamlet devises a plan to put
on a play to trap his uncle into confessing his guilt in the murder of King Hamlet.
Act III, scene i