Hamlet Act1 Summary and Analysis

Topics: Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet, Prince Hamlet Pages: 9 (2953 words) Published: March 18, 2011
Hamlet Summary
Summary for Act I, Scene 1 and 2
Two 1 and 2 guards of king's castle discovered there is a mysterious object that is extremely look like just deceased King Hamlet that appears every night in the castle. Horatio, prince Hamlet's best friend suspects the emergence of the ghost and afraid it is someone's camouflage. Horatio tries to communicate with the ghost when it is appeared. The ghost refuses to speak with Horatio however. Horatio believes prince Hamlet will be the best person to make the ghost talks if it is really old King Hamlet. Prince Hamlet mourns about his father's sudden death. He also is vitriolic toward his mother, Gertrude's remarriage with his uncle, now King Claudius. Hamlet re-understands his mother's love toward King Hamlet and berates the frailty and mutability of women: “Frailty, /thy name is women.” (Act I, Scene 2) Gertrude doesn't perceive her son's opposition toward her and Claudius' remarriage, she believes Hamlet is still immersing in the grief for his father's death. Gertrude tries to cheer Hamlet up, she advices Hamlet that death is a normal event that happens everyday in people's life and never be upset toward habitual event, “ Do not for ever with thy vailed lids seek for thy noble father in the dust: / thou know'st 'tis common; all that lives must die, / passing through nature to eternity. ” (Act I, Scene 2) However, her indifferent attitude toward her husband's death contributes Hamlet's greater wrath toward his mother.

Summary for Act I, Scene 3
When Laertes, son of prepares to leave Denmark and begins his trip to France, Laertes warns Ophelia reject Hamlet's love for her: “ For Hamlet and the trifling of his favour, / hold it a fashion and a toy in blood, / a violet in the youth of primy nature, / forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting, / the perfume and suppliance of a minute; / no more. ” (Act I, Scene 3 ) Ophelia, a fragile and dependent girl consents her brother's advice even she likes Hamlet as well. When Laertes leaves, Lord Polonius, again, charges Ophelia not to fall in love with Hamlet since he is just play around her: “ …Ophelia, / do not believe his vows; for they are brokers,/not of that dye which their investments show, /but mere implorators of unholy suits, /breathing like sanctified and pious bawds, / the better to beguile. This is for all: /I would not, / in plain terms, / from this time forth, / have you so slander any moment leisure,/ as to give words or talk with the Lord Hamlet. / Look to't, I charge you: / come your ways. ” (Act I, Scene ) Ophelia considers her father and brother's command as ukase, she agrees with Polonius and hides her affection toward Hamlet in front of Polonius and Laertes. Summary for Act I, Scene 4 and 5

Hamlet, notified by Horatio, is waiting his father's ghost to appear outside the castle. When the ghost emerges, Hamlet is shock and believes the ghost is his father. He mourns at his father's piteous situation at hell and asks who is the murderer. The ghost describes the process of Claudius murdering and command Hamlet not to harm Gertrude, even though she marries with Claudius. Hamlet, in this moment, is overwhelmed and declares he remember the every word that the ghost has said and will make revenge for his father's ghost: “”(Act I, Scene 5) To The Top

Hamlet Act I
Famous Quotes:
"In my mind's eye…" by Hamlet  (Act I, Scene 2)
"A little more than kin, and less than kind…" by Hamlet  (Act I, Scene 2) "Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry." by Hamlet (Act I, Scene3) "Frailty, thy name is women." by Hamlet (Act I, Scene 2)

 “And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man." by Hamlet (Act I, Scene 3)  "This above all: to thine own self be true" by Hamlet (Act I, Scene 3) To The Top
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