Hamlet Notes and Reflections

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Mckenna Schnack
10/31/12
Mrs. Brookes
IB English
Hamlet Journal Analysis
Summary

* ACT 1, SCENE 1
* The two guards first see a ghost. Then they call Horatio in to talk to the ghost because he is a scholar. The Ghost returns but doesn’t talk to Horatio. It disappears and the guards believe that Horatio scared it off. Then the ghost returns again and Horatio isn’t able to converse with it again. The ghost looks like deceased King Hamlet.

* ACT 1, SCENE 2
* King Claudius gives a speech to his courtiers proclaiming his rule, and also explains his marriage to Gertrude. * ACT 1, SCENE 3
* Laertes leaves to go talk to Fortinbras and advises his sister to not fall for Hamlet while he is gone. Polonius then comes to Ophelia and asks her about what Laertes told her. After she tells him, he agrees with Laertes and makes her promise not to fall for Hamlet. * ACT 1, SCENE 4

* Hamlet, Horatio, and the guards go out and wait for the ghost. When it appears, Hamlet follows it into the darkness, and eventually Horatio and the guards follow. * ACT 1, SCENE 5
* The ghost disappears and Hamlet decides that he must avenge his father and right the horrible ruling of his uncle. Horatio and the guards are forced to swear to not tell anyone of the ghost they saw. * ACT 2, SCENE 1

* Polonius sends his servant Reynaldo to France to give Laertes a message. Ophelia tells Polonius that Hamlet accosted her, and he then believes that Hamlet is “love sick” for Ophelia because he has been away from her. * ACT 2, SCENE 2

* Claudius and Gertrude call in some of Hamlets old friends to try to help him deal with his “grief”. The messengers come back from talking with Old Fortinbra and they say that young Fortinbra will not attack, but only wish for peaceful passage to attack the Poles. Everyone tries to figure out of Hamlet is actually love sick for Ophelia. Hamlet comes up with a plan to try to figure out if Claudius had anything to do with his father’s murder. * ACT 3, SCENE 1

* Claudius and Gertrude discuss Hamlet’s behavior with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who say they have been unable to learn the cause of his sadness. Claudius and Polonius spy on Hamlet’s ranting to Ophelia. They conclude that he is not going insane with love, but something else. Are going to spy on him again when he is sent to his mother’s chamber. * ACT 3, SCENE 2

* The players arrive and Hamlet asks Horatio to watch Claudius’s face during the performance to detect any emotion. When the play reaches the point to which the man is murdering the king, Claudius freaks out and stops the play. Then he storms out leaving Hamlet thinking that he is guilty. Hamlet is then told that he must go to his mother and decides that he will tell her the truth.

* ACT 3, SCENE 3
* Claudius asks Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to take Hamlet to England and they agree. They leave him and he begins praying. Hamlet sneaks in preparing to kill Claudius, but then thinks that if he murders the king while he is praying, then he will be sending him to heaven, which is not proper revenge. * ACT 4, SCENE 1

* Gertrude tells Claudius about Hamlets visit, and tells him that he is mad and that he has killed Polonius. Claudius decides that Hamlet must be sent off to England. * ACT 4, SCENE 2
* Rosencrantz and Guildenstern go and find Hamlet after he has disposed of the body of Polonius. They question him, but Hamlet does not give them straight answers, and he accuses them of being the Kings spies. * ACT 4, SCENE 3

* Hamlet returns to the castle and talks to Claudius. He is asked where he buried Polonius’s body and eventually tells the king. Then he is told that he must leave for England immediately. He enthusiastically agrees and leaves. Claudius reflects on his thoughts, hoping that the English follow through and kill Hamlet when he arrives. * ACT 4, SCENE 4

* Hamlet...
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