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John Malloy Portfolio 6, Entry 1 Hamlet Act I, scene i Bernardo is keeping watch when Horatio pays him a visit. The ghost of King Hamlet then appears. 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 of power. He mourns King Hamlet’s death, but rejoices at the marriage to Gertrude. Laertes, 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. When the 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. Polonius 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
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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern tell Claudius and Gertrude that they know not why Hamlet is mad. Ophelia stands alone for the trap where they can observer Hamlet. Ophelia confronts Hamlet, and Hamlet states that he never loved her. After watching the encounter, Claudius decides love is not the reason for his actions and decides to send him to England for a change. Act III, scene ii The players put on the play Hamlet has decided on. During the play, Claudius shouts out and calls for light. From this action, Hamlet and Horatio decipher that Claudius is, indeed, guilty of the murder of King Hamlet. He then goes to see his mother. Act III, scene iii
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course ENG 111 taught by Professor Patterson during the Spring '07 term at Miami University.

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