The Ghost Hamlet's father appears to Horatio and two sentinels. They wonder what it portends and decide that Hamlet should be told; The new king and his court . . . Hamlet's first soliloquy ("O that this too too solid flesh would melt") . . . Hamlet learns of the ghost; Laertes and Polonius warn Ophelia to stay away from Hamlet; The Ghost appears to Hamlet; The Ghost's message
The King tells Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to investigate Hamlet's madness . . . Polonius's theory of Hamlet's madness . . . Polonius examines Hamlet . . . Rosencrantz and Guildenstern examine Hamlet . . . The players arrive . . . Hamlet's second soliloquy ("O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!")
The King and Polonius use Ophelia as bait, so they can spy on Hamlet . . . Hamlet's third soliloquy ("To be or not to be, that is the question") . . . The King decides to send Hamlet to England, but Polonius wants to overhear what Hamlet might say to his mother. Performance of "The Murder of Gonzago" . . . The King rises . . . Hamlet summoned to speak with his mother. The King tries to pray . . . Hamlet passes up a chance to kill him. Hamlet and his mother . . . Hamlet kills Polonius . . . Final appearance of the Ghost.
The Queen reports the killing of Polonius . . . Rosencrantz and Guildenstern sent to find Hamlet. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern try to get Hamlet to tell them where he has hidden the body of Polonius. Hamlet is sent to England. Hamlet sees Fortinbras leading his army to Poland . . . Hamlet's fourth soliloquy ("How all occasions do inform against me"). Ophelia's madness . . . Laertes demands revenge for Polonius' death. Sailors tell Horatio that Hamlet has returned to Denmark. The King and Laertes plot their revenge on Hamlet . . . Queen Gertrude tells the story of Ophelia's drowning
Hamlet and the gravediggers . . . Ophelia's funeral. Hamlet tells Horatio how he returned to Denmark . . . Osric invites Hamlet to the fencing match with Laertes . . . The fencing match, and the deaths of Laertes, Queen, King, Hamlet.