hamlet essay



ACTS I & II:
A ghost visits the first scene and approaches two guards. They assume it is the late king of Denmark. They approach Hamlet about it and Hamlet wants to meet this apparition to talk with him. Hamlet is deeply upset with the new King because it is his uncle and he married his mother Gertrude. So the next day, Hamlet goes to meet the Ghost at the usual time that the ghost comes out. The ghost does turn out to be his father and they go to be alone while the ghost tells Hamlet how he dies. It tells him that his own brother murdered him, Hamlet’s uncle, by a poison put into his ear. Hamlet becomes so upset and turns crazy later in the story. In the meantime, Ophelia, Hamlet’s lover, is told by her brother Laertes to keep away from Hamlet that he is not worth it. Then her father Polonius becomes angry with her and tells her she is not allowed to see Hamlet anymore. So she obeys her father. Hamlet becomes mad and uncontrollable in what he says and does. He doesn’t like the fact that Polonius is keeping Ophelia away from him. So the King and Queen blame his madness to his being in love with Ophelia and not being able to see her anymore. The King sends out for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to come and keep company to Hamlet and maybe see what is it that is bothering him. Hamlet schedules a play to be put on for the King and Queen. He wants the theme to portray a reenactment of his uncle did to his father to see if there is guilt in the King’s eyes. Hamlet is doubting the ghost and thinks that maybe it was sent from hell and through his own melancholy made it seem as though the blame of his father’s death should be put on his uncle. The play will determine whether the apparition was real and telling the truth or not.

ACTS III & IV:
This act starts off with a confrontation with Ophelia and Hamlet. They have an argument and I think that Hamlet kind of dumped her. I don’t think that he trusts her that much anymore. Before the play Hamlet tells Horatio, a good friend of Hamlet’s, to watch the King as the scene of when the King dies and see if there is any guilt in his eyes. The play starts and Hamlet keeps interrupting it with him talking out loud. After the first scene Hamlet gets up and speaks about the poison but was only trying to refer it to the play at the same time to make the King uncomfortable and he succeeds. The King stops the play and the Queen is extremely upset because there was a mention of a Queen and her quick recovery of her husband’s death in the play. Polonius goes to Hamlet when everyone has left and tells him his mother is calling for him. The King meets with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern again and tells him that no one is safe with Hamlet being there and that he was going to be sent away to England with them. In another scene Hamlet goes to meet his mother and Polonius goes to secretly hide in the Queen’s chamber to make sure Hamlet does not try to do anything to her. They have an argument and from behind the curtains Polonius yells for help before Hamlet could do anything to the queen. It takes Hamlet by surprise and kills Polonius without knowing who he is first. He acts like nothing happened and the ghost appears again except that the Queen doesn’t see it. So she really is convinced that he is mad. The ghost leaves and Hamlet runs away with the body before anybody gets him. Hamlet is sent to England. Ophelia goes completely crazy ever since her father is killed. They put her away in the castle in a room that would drive anybody crazier then they already are. Laertes comes home from school to kill the King because he blames him for the killing of hiss father. The King finally puts some sense into Laertes and he sees his sister and what she has become. Laertes and the