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Shakespeare's Hamlet Summary

Hamlet sees the spirit of his deceased father, pretends to go insane with revenge, becomes insane with revenge (debatable), and everyone dies.

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Short Summary

The spirit of the former King of Denmark instructs his son Hamlet to revenge for his death by killing his uncle, the new king. Hamlet feigns insanity, ruminates on life and death

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Act 1

In the middle of the night, Prince Hamlet and his high school buddy Horatio come to see the castle guards of Elsinore in Denmark..

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Act 2

Hamlet’s plan goes as expected, and then he starts behaving weirdly. Claudius and Polonius, the royal servant, spy on him as he rejects Ophelia...

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During the play, Hamlet keeps a tight eye on Claudius to observe what he does. Claudius storms out of the theatre when the performance enrages him...

Act 3

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Just as king Fortinbras of Norway crosses Denmark with his army to invade Poland, Claudius sends Hamlet to England, reportedly as an emissary to represent the country.

Act 4

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It is at the graveyard) that Hamlet and Horatio meet to discuss the possibility of both life and death.

Act 5